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The rare plant count at Sulphur Run Swamp

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All photos, video, and article by Mark Kateli, Cuplet Fern Chapter President

This event occurred in September 2019 in Sulphur Run Swamp, a tributary of the St. Johns River in the Seminole State Forest. An accompanying video of this memorable experience can be found here: https://youtu.be/9P3nVCJoNYQ

Hammockherb or Gulf Hammock Indian Plantain, Hasteola robertiorum, is a facultative wetland plant that prefers to grow in dappled sun within swamp forest. To date, it is only found in two counties in Florida: Lake and Levy, and is listed as state-endangered[1]. The closely related false Indian plantain, Hasteola suaveolens, does not occur in Florida but has a wider distribution across several northern states where it also listed as endangered due to habitat loss and invasive plant competition[2].

There are a number of differences and similarities between species. Both Hasteola species flower in late summer to early fall but differ in the number of disc flowers present per inflorescence. H…

M-CORES Update by Eugene Kelly, Policy and Legislation Chair

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This article is from the current Sabal minor, which is only accessible in its entirety to FNPS members. Take a moment to join if you don't find the whole newsletter in your inbox today.

In the last issue of the Sabal minor, we provided an overview of the M-CORES toll road projects and summarized some of the potential impacts to native plants if the proposed roads are constructed.  We also assured you that the Policy and Legislation Committee would continue to follow and assess the projects, and share the results of our assessments with the Florida Department of Transportation and the members of the respective Task Forces.  This is a brief update on what has transpired since the last Sabal minor.

Please try to attend a task force meeting if at all feasible.

Suncoast Connector Task Force
Task Force Meeting #4
February 11, 2020, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Madison Church of God Life Center
771 NE Colin Kelly Hwy
Madison, FL

Community Open Houses
January 28, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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