Showing posts from February, 2019

A Rare Plant Census Experience

by Mark Elliott, President, Paynes Prairie Chapter Conradina etonia in Etoniah Creek SF. Photo by Mark Whitten. On Tuesday October 30th, 2018 Charlie Pedersen, a Biologist with the Florida Forest Service (and Paynes Prairie Chapter member) led a group of intrepid botanists/biologists from multiple organizations including Santa Fe Audubon, Bok Tower Sanctuary and 2 additional members of Paynes Prairie chapter through the undergrowth of Etoniah Creek State Forest to count Etonia rosemary ( Conradina etonia ) plants. Etonia rosemary, endemic to Etoniah Creek white sand scrub 1 , wasn’t described until 1991. In the abstract of the paper 2 first describing it, the authors (Kral and McCartney) stated that “ C. etonia is a narrow endemic, that is on land that is presently being developed for residential use and that it therefore should receive high conservation priority.” It is now on both State and Federal lists of endangered plants. Based on reports from Charlie Pedersen, the

What's up with land conservation in Florida and how does FNPS fit? Dr. Susan Carr answers. - Audio

by Valerie Anderson , staff Check out our first track Conservation and the Role of the Florida Native Plant Society by President Susan Carr, PhD. Susan delivers a podcast-worthy speech to make sure you understand what happened to Florida Forever, what land trusts do, exactly, and what we're doing about rare plant habitat loss. Susan spoke at the Tarflower chapter meeting last night. Listen here ! I am collecting plenty of audio from plant rescues, chapter meetings, and member interviews. SoundCloud is perfect for periodically releasing quality audio - followers can subscribe to our channel, receiving notifications of new tracks via email, the SoundCloud app, and/or the web interface. I'll also tweet ( @fl_native_plant ) when I drop a new track.

Native Plant Art

by Valerie Anderson , staff Pine lily ( Lilium catesbaei ) by Kara Driscoll Florida native plants and ecosystems have long been appreciated and have been memorialized in media. Bartram's Travels document with words and in great detail the natural communities, flora, and fauna of Florida. The Highwaymen painted Florida's landscapes on found material and became legends in the process. Minna Fernald created beautiful watercolors of native plants around the time of WWII. The native plant art scene is being reinvigorated. Longtime artists and FNPS members like Marjorie Shopshire and Cindy Liberton and photographers like Shirley Denton and Paul Rebmann are joined by Kara Driscoll and Mark Kateli . Kara is a fantastic artist, a hidden talent I wasn't aware of until Mark created the Florida Native Plant Art Group on Facebook.

UPDATE on Veggie Garden legislation

by Bonnie Basham , Sarracenia Chapter Last week, the House Bill (HB 145 by Elizabeth Fetterhoff, Deland) passed its first committee of reference. The bill was amended with a new definition of vegetable garden: A vegetable garden will now be defined as “a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated for human ingestion.” The bill declares it “in the best interest of the state to encourage the development of the sustainable cultivation of fruits and vegetables at all levels of production including personal consumption.” The bill forbids local governments from passing or enforcing, ordinances which regulate vegetable gardens on residential properties. The bill does allow local ordinances regulating things like water restrictions during droughts. Thus, a local zoning ordinance prohibiting vegetable gardens in the front yards of homeowners would be unenforceable if the bills become law. In addition, any existing ordinances or regulations which regulate vege