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Good for dry times

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pretty yellow flowers on thryallis hold up in dry times. When there is little rain, as there has been for the last two months, many plants begin to show their unhappiness by shedding leaves, allowing their leaves to sag, or putting on an unhappy demeanor. A few plants are able to soldier on, and one of them is thryallis, Galphimina gracilis. Its sun-yellow flowers are an indication of its disposition in dry times. Native to Mexico and Central America, this drought-resistant shrub once was a ...

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Visit to a morning glory

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Euglossa viridissima, an exotic bee. Poking around Cape Florida last Friday, I came across a These bees visit 'gullet' flowers, such as this morning glory. beautiful metallic green bee hovering around a morning glory. Turns out it is the euglossine orchid bee, Euglossa viridissima, that Bob Pemberton, retired entomologist, first described after finding it at his Fort Lauderdale garden about seven years ago. This species of bee has naturalized in South Florida. Primarily an orchid pollinator ...

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The chill is gone

Monday, February 18, 2013

After a rainy cold front, the colors of Earth always brighter in the chill sunlight that follows. The Garden is no exception on this President's Day. Martin Feather, manager of the butterfly exhibit at the Clinton Family Conservatory, was in shirt sleeves Monday morning, relishing the 50-degree weather and grateful that so many of his charges were still alive. Volunteers brought cold-stunned butterflies into the metamorphosis lab to gradually warm up again. Some of the newly hatched ...

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Step back into another time

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Historic Adderley house in Marathon. At Crane Point Museum and Nature Center in Marathon, the historic Adderley house is made of crushed and fired seashells. George Adderley's home was built in 1906. It is the oldest house in the Keys outside Key West, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. It is surrounded by 63 acres of palm and tropical hardwood hammock, saved from development by the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust. Sundays, the museum and nature center...

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FIU-FTBG Faculty Research Highlighted in Journal Cover

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

FIU-FTBG faculty Dr. Hong Liu and collaborators from China Dr. Yibo Luo and Dr. Zhongjian Liu have just published a research article entitled "Using guided commercialized cultivation models to promote species conservation and sustainable utilization: an example from the Chinese medicinal orchids" in the latest issue of Biodiversity Science. This is the leading biodiversity research journal of China. This publication proposes avenues for conservation and sustainable utilization of ...

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Orchid Festival

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating all things Orchidaceae - better known as the beloved orchid plant - at the 11th Annual International Orchid Festival. For three days, guests can immerse themselves in a tropical landscape brimming with orchids. The festival is Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Browse more than 10,000 orchid plants on sale from international vendors and learn how to care for them at the gardening workshops and...

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Tamarind

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Each person born on tropics has a story to tell about the tamarind. As tamarind season approaches on the Eastern plains of Colombia, women start the harvest to make “tamarindada” to offer the thirsty farmers following an intense day of work. In Trinidad and Jamaica, tamarind is a popular refreshing snack. Asians, particularly in Thailand and India, have a long tradition of eating and cooking with tamarind. So many people it seems use this fruit to create delicious salsas, chutneys and sauces....

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