March eNews for Broward Native Plants
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If you enjoy learning about the native plants of South Florida, three blogs are sure to satisfy. Check out the portals of the learned botanist-author-photographers below.
Photo above: Golden-aster AKA "bacon leaves" by George Rogers

Florida Native Plant Society

Promoting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Broward County
Membership $35
Broward Chapter site & CALENDAR
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Plant List (Inst. for Regional Conservation)
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March Events

Sunday, Mar. 6, 9 am - noon
Coe Visitor Center, Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

Everglades Walk with Steve Woodmansee
Cypress Dome is the planned destination, but current water levels in the Everglades on the day of the walk could require a change. Steve is one of most knowledgeable botanists of native plants, so regardless of precise location we will discover fascinating plants. Wading in the Everglades with others who love nature is a great experience. Be prepared to walk in mucky water (change of shoes and pants and a walking stick for balance). Please read the details on the Coontie Calendar. Meet at the park's Coe Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. sharp (to carpool within the park). Bag lunch recommended.
Cypress Dome at sunset: Jason Temple

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 7 pm
Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

Jimmy Lange Reports Back from Puerto Rico
Jimmy Lange recently returned from a botanical trip to southwest Puerto Rico. South Florida shares many species and genera with Puerto Rico. Jimmy will introduce us to familiar species and others we don't see locally that populate the wild places of the island. Enjoy an evening with Las Plantas de la Isla de Puerto Rico. The Institute for Regional Conservation recently added more than 2,300 species native to Puerto Rico to its new database, accessible in both English and Spanish.

Saturday, Mar. 12, 9 am - 3 pm

Broward County Water Matters Day
Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Av, Davie, FL 

14th Annual Water Matters Day at Tree Tops Park. The Broward Chapter has a booth, so stop by to say, "Hello." The event is full of information about local conservation efforts and activities to engage the public and keep children entertained. Park admission $1.50. Details at:

Saturday, Mar. 19, 9 am - 4 pm
Dade Native Plant Day is a significant annual native plant event, worth the hour drive. Bill Sadowski Park is about 6-1/2 miles south of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Details in the green box below.


April Preview

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 7 pm
Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

100 Years of Broward Orchids
Wild orchids in Broward? Yes, indeed! You might not trust every orchid enthusiast, enthusiasm sometimes running astray from fact, but you can trust orchid-expert, Chuck McCartney. His authority regarding the native orchids of South Florida is well known. He enjoys language and story, perhaps a reflection of his career years as editor and writer. The orchid, a beloved flower, is found worldwide in many genera, species, and forms, but this evening is devoted to the orchids of this place, Broward County. He frequently attends Broward Chapter events. Chuck McCartney's biographical summary
Photo: Chuck McCartney
Calendar at
Native Plant Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016
9 am to 4 pm
Bill Sadowski Park at Old Cutler Hammock
17555 SW 79 Avenue, Palmetto Bay, 33157
(1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 St.)
Sponsored by:
The Dade Chapter FNPS and Miami-Dade County Parks
Enjoy a free day of learning and fun for all ages. 
Rain or shine!
● Programs and nature walks   
● Book, merchandise and plant sales by the Dade Chapter
● Plant sales by nursery vendors (cash/check)
● Hands-on take-home projects   ● Plant Clinic    
● Exhibits by environmental organizations   ● Raffles
● Explore the park's natural areas and arboretum  
● Special: kid's only plant sale!
● Food and drinks available for purchase
Learn about native plants, natural areas, landscaping, water conservation, "bad" insects, butterflies, 
seeds, geology, wildflowers, tree planting, woodturning and lots more.
Rain Barrel Workshop by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods 
($40, pre-register at 305-248-3311 ext. 242)
Contact the Dade Chapter if you need additional information. 
The schedule will be posted at  when final.
Flora of the National Parks
by Richard Brownscombe


The United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, is a wonderful place to visit anytime. The conservatory is a welcome winter paradise of tropical light, smell, and velvet warmth. February 18 - October 2, 2016 the Conservatory's West Gallery exhibits "Flora of the National Parks" and hosts thirteen events related to the exhibit and our national flora. The gallery exhibit features illustrations, paintings, photography, and other art styles showcasing the beauty and importance of the American flora.

Perhaps we can better appreciate the beauty and importance of our own subtropical species from the distant perspective of national attention. Fourteen South Florida species and four national parks are featured among all the great flora of the United States National Parks.

No other state, except California which narrowly wins, has more species represented. Two photographers, Judd Patterson and Larry Treadwell, feature Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. The two other South Florida parks represented are Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Park.

Additional featured artists:
Emmanuel Laverne, Ghost Orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii, Everglades
  National Park
Mary Ruden, Big Cypress National Preserve (all)
  Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum
  Ghost Orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii
  Clamshell Orchid, Prosthechea cochleata 
  Brassia Orchid, Brassia sp. (Spider Orchid, Brassia caudata extirpated in 1963*)
  Ionopsis Orchid, Ionopsis sp., (perhaps Delicate Violet Orchid, Ionopsis utricularioides)
  Vanilla Orchid, Vanilla planifolia, (Commercial Vanilla Orchid is naturalized, native to Mexico*)
  Night Scented Orchid, Epidendrum nocturnum
Patricia Cummins, Yellow Necklace Pod, Sophora tomentosa, Biscayne National Park
Pauline Goldsmith, Pond Apple, Annona glabra, Everglades National Park
  Seagrape, Coccoloba uvifera, Biscayne National Park
Ruth Starratt, Turtlegrass, Thalassia testudinum, Dry Tortugas National Park

*According to information at the IRC website
Ghost Orchid above: Patricia Cummins; photographs below left & right: Judd Patterson
Bottom left: Patricia Cummins; bottom right: Pauline Goldsmith

Three Blogs

Boltonia diffusa, Smallhead Doll's-daisy by Craig Huegel

Craig Huegel is one of Florida's foremost botanists with a strong interest in the cultivation of native species. Although his nursery in Pinellas County, Hawthorn Hill, is only open to the public twice a year (see "About Me" on his blog site), he has extensive knowledge about native species statewide, including species not in cultivation. More than anyone we know, he has experience with growing, or trying to grow, many species that have gone unnoticed by most native gardeners. Over the years his blog has grown large, so you can search for uncommon species on his blog site with a chance of finding them and learn what only a wildly enthusiastic grower would know.

We don't think any author is more fun to read than George Rogers. What a great teacher he is, leading us to understand plants in ways most of us have not considered. Dr. Rogers is also author of books and articles, so learn more with a search from your browser: native plants "George Rogers". You might know the name of the flower above, but might not know about its "cluster roots".


Rufino Osorio is another South Florida botanist with great knowledge. He wrote, the Gardener's Guide to Florida Native Plants. The wonderful thing about three different botanists is that each notices different things about plants. I particularly enjoy what Dr. Osorio notices at the edges, between natural areas and developed areas. He also features non-native species that we see commonly and wonder about. His blog is personal and relaxed. Scroll through Osorio's blog for information about endangered species above.

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Photo above is by Mary Keim
Speaker events are on 2nd Wednesdays at 7 pm at the Secret Woods.
Field Trips are usually on a following weekend but they vary,
so always check the Calendar and check again for last minute trip updates.
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