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New Publication on Conservation Biology of Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata (Fabaceae)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Former Fairchild post-doctoral researcher Julissa Roncal published her work entitled, "Testing appropriate habitat outside of historic range: The case of Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata (Fabaceae)" in the Journal for Nature Conservation volume 20, pages 109-116. In collaboration with University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center and South Florida Conservation Team colleagues, she found that crenulate leadplant survived in four microhabitats, but grew best in areas where ...

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A cycad from the Philippines

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cycas wadei's female cone. On a recent Saturday visit to Leu Gardens in Orlando, I found many shrubs of Camillia japonica as well as roses in flower, but my attention was drawn to the beautiful female cone of Cycas wadei. It is known as Wade's pitogo in the Philippines, where it is native. By poking around the Internet, I learned that was named in 1936 by botanist Elmer Drew Merrill, the second president of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden who spent 22 years working in the Philippines....

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Tenth Annual International Orchid Festival Starts Friday

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tenth Annual International Orchid Festival Starts Friday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! Coral Gables, FL, March 7, 2012-Fairchild is gearing up for an amazing display of orchids from around the world! The International Orchid Festival, in its tenth year, is taking place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 9, 10 and 11, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature over 10,000 orchid plants and more than 50 orchid growers and vendors...

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Successful Restoration of South Florida Sand Dune Coastal Habitat and Reintroduction of Jacquemontia reclinata

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Restoring habitat is an essential component of species recovery practiced by the South Florida Conservation Team of Fairchild. These photographs show an amazing contrast between an area in Delray Beach impacted by hurricanes in 2005 and the subsequent robust growth and establishment of the South Florida endemic beach jacquemontia (Jacquemontia reclinata, Convolvulaceae) at the site by 2011. Sam Wright worked with local landscaper Rob Baron to reintroduce beach jacquemontia to this site in ...

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Top Orchid Specialist is Festival Speaker

Friday, March 9, 2012

Orchid specialist Tom Mirenda. Tom Mirenda, the Orchid Collection Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution for the last 10 years, will talk about orchid pollination at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fairchild's 10th International Orchid Festival At the Smithsonian, Tom cares for and curates an extremely diverse collection of 10,000 orchid species and hybrids from all over the world. He develops and produces huge educational exhibits visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Mirenda trained ...

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The Implications of Soil salinity for Endangered Key Tree Cactus Survival in a Changing Climate

Friday, March 9, 2012

Former Fairchild field botanist Joie Goodman with colleagues from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Desert Botanic Garden and University of Miami published an account (PloS ONE Vol. 7, Issue 3, e32528, March 2012) of the impact of increased soil salinity on the federally endangered Key Tree Cactus (Pilosocereus robinii) growing in the Florida Keys. They found that high mortality in the lower Keys was associated with high soil salinity. This was further ...

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Fairchild - Gemini Botanical Garden Intern Joins CTPC

Monday, March 12, 2012

Starting in March, 2012, Santiago Arango Garces joined the CTPC as anintern to work with Dr. Brett Jestrow in several projects pertinent toorganizing our unique collection of herbarium specimens from theCaribbean Islands but with a major focus on the Bahamas Archipelago.Santiago is working joint program between Fairchild and Gemini Botanical Garden and will be with us until August. A FIU alumnus who majored inEnvironmental Studies, Santiago has a great interest in plant ...

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Wuying Lin Defends her MS Thesis

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Congratulations to Wuying Lin who successfully defended his MS Thesis on March 22, 2012 at the Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University. Her thesies was entitled: "Comparative reproductive biology of a rare endangered orchid and its congeners" and the research took place at the Yachang Orchid Preserve at Guangxi Province China. The project was under the supervision of our Dr. Hong Liu....

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Fairchild Scientists Join Faculty Colloquium Organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Center of FIU

Friday, March 16, 2012

On March 22nd the Latin American and Caribbean Center of FIU (LACC) organized its 5th Annual Affiliated Faculty Colloquium. This year's colloquium was entitled: "Environment, Society and Public Policy in the Caribbean Region" and both the Executive Director of Fairchild, Dr. Carl Lewis and FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered lectures on "Building Community Participation in Caribbean Biodiversity Conservation" and "Plant Endemism in the Caribbean Islands", ...

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A royal vine

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Petrea volubilis. Wisteria vines were in full flower last week in southern California, and while this member of the pea family can be invasive it also can be quite beautiful. Our Petrea volubilis or queen's wreath, is sometimes said to be the tropical version of wisteria, but its flowers are much more delicate. Petrea is winding down its late winter flowering, but pretty racemes of lavender/purple flowers remain around the garden house. And there are Petrea vines along the fence by the...

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Tropical Garden Spring 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Publication of "Flora of the Bahama Archipelago" - Plant Hunting in the Bahamas

Monday, March 26, 2012

As part of our initiatives to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Bahama flora we are re-building the Bahamian living collections of Fairchild and developing new plots for Bahamian plants at the recently established preserve on Eleuthera (The Leon Levy Nature Plant Preserve). In March 2012, our Brett Jestrow and Jason Lopez joined Ethan Freid (botanist of the Bahamas National Trust) and Mark Daniels (director of The Leon Levy Nature Plant Preserve) to follow the steps of ...

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Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild Celebrates Fresh, Organic Food and The Joys of Gardening!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild Celebrates Fresh, Organic Food and The Joys of Gardening! Coral Gables, FL, March 29, 2012-Come see what's cooking at Fairchild during our celebration of fresh fruits and vegetables and the gorgeous gardens they grow in on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and April 15, 2012. Gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary demonstrations taught by local chefs using local products. Go green at our farmers' market where local growers showcase the best...

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The Cashew and You

Friday, March 30, 2012

Most everyone is familiar with the cashew; among the most delicious and expensive of the nuts available in our supermarkets. However, most are unaware of the other parts of the cashew plant that we can grow and enjoy. Further, the world of the cashew has changed in the last decades and it is now feasible to grow, fruit and enjoy the cashew in South Florida....

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National Geographic Society Awards Ken Feeley's Studies on Climatic Change Effects with Research Grant

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ken Feeley is awarded a research grant by the National Geographic Society ($21,500) to help fund a new project investigating "Horizontal refugia and the effects of climate change on plant species distributions in the Peruvian Andes"...

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