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Friday, July 1, 2011

These Livistona decora,foreground, are among new palms in parking area. Visitors coming to the 19th International Mango Festival will find the lowland parking area sporting Livistona decora, Phoenix sylvestris and Veitchia species replacing the ropes used to define parking rows. New plantings also screen the area from the Visitors Center and the Lakeside Cafe. You'll also notice new palms at the garden's south entrance and the Garden Club of America Amphitheater, all donated by Manny...

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Field Work in the Dominican Republic by FIU/Fairchild Graduate Student in Collaboration with Researchers from Fairchild and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic

Monday, July 11, 2011

FIU/Fairchild Graduate Program alumnus Brian Sidoti and Fairchild biologist Jennifer Possley recently made a successful trip to the Dominican Republic (June 24 - July 7) to collect specimens and data for Brian's research. Brian is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and he is examining the Molecular Systematics and Population Genetics of the Tillandsia fasciculata Complex (Bromeliaceae) in and around the Caribbean Basin. Brian and Jennifer traveled around the DR ...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Conducts Research at Missouri Botanical Garden

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Supported by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, on July 11 Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega visited the library and herbarium of the Missouri Botanical Garden to consult pre-Linnean works for the Canary Island flora and to obtain herbarium fragments of Acidoton (Euphorbiaceae) and Pilea (Urticaceae). This herbarium material will be used for anatomical and molecular studies relevant for our research on systematics of Caribbean Island endemics. This research is part of team studies being...

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A peacock in the garden

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Selaginella willdenovii shinesin the rainforest. Club mosses (also called spike mosses) had a rough time in the drought. Yet, with our high humidity and some squirts with a hose, Selaginella species can succeed until the rains become more regular afternoon events. In Fairchild's rainforest, there's a glorious Selaginella willdenovii. Its blue iridescent sheen makes this fern ally a wonderful addition to a shady and moist spot in the garden. It hails from Southeast Asia. The so-called...

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Summertime is the best time to........

Thursday, July 14, 2011

We are definately in the midst of our summer, rainy season. This is a great time to take care of some gardening tasks. To avoid working in the heat of the day, work outside either very early in the morning or in the evening. This is the time to cut back shrubs which have become leggy. Plants such as beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and firebush (Hamelia patens) can be cut back to promote a fuller, better looking plant. By trimming shrubs now, the plants will have time to put on new, ...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Attends Council Meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists - Botany 2011 Meeting

Friday, July 15, 2011

As one of the six elected members of the Council of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega attended the annual meeting of this Council. The event was part of the Botany 2011 meeting and took place on July 10 at St. Louis, Missouri. Attendance to this meeting was supported by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Image on the left show some of the meeting participants: Javier Francisco-Ortega, Dick Olmstead, Warren Wagner, Carolyn Ferguson, Ken Cameron, Linda...

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CTPC Members Participate in Botany 2011 Meeting

Friday, July 22, 2011

At this year's Botanical Society of America - American Society of Plant Taxonomists conference (Botany 2011 at St. Louis Missouri, July 9 - 13), FIU assistant professor and FTBG conservation geneticist Dr. Eric von Wettberg, and FIU-FTBG graduate students Tonya Fotinos, Dr. Nora Oleas (recently graduated), and Emily Warcshefsky presented oral and poster presentations on genetic work to inform conservation on species from South Florida, Equador, and Tunisia. Abstracts of this work are...

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Dr. Joyce Maschinski Joins Board of Directors at The Institute for Regional Conservation

Monday, July 25, 2011

This September, Fairchild's Conservation Ecologist Dr. Joyce Maschinski will join the board of directors of Miami's Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC). A long-time collaborator with Fairchild, IRC is well known for its cutting edge work on regional conservation issues, especially involving rare plants and ecological restoration. Joyce will join IRC's board along with Patty Phares, a founding member and 30-year-volunteer with the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native...

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Midsummer plant stress

Friday, July 29, 2011

A weird summer weather pattern has landscape plants really feeling the heat in gardens near the coast, where rain has been irregular and sparse. For orchid lovers, be sure to water your vandas twice a day, using a light mist in mid-afternoon if it's not raining. Fertilize weekly, adding extra potassium and magnesium sulfate or Epsom salt (1 teaspoon each per gallon of water) to improve cell health. At the 5th symposium of the Coalition for Orchid Species held recently at Fairchild,...

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Increasing Conservation Awareness for Zamia lucayana in the Bahamas Archipelago

Friday, July 29, 2011

With the financial support of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Conservation Funds and the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) we have just completed the last component of our project for a conservation action plan for the Critically Endangered cycad Zamia lucayana, a species restricted to Long Island (The Bahamas Archipelago). During July 26th - 29th, project participants from The Bahamas National Trust, MBC and FIU - Fairchild joined forces to develop several activities to increase conservation...

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