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Skirting the issue

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The palm Copernicia macroglossa bears round fronds that encircle the trunk with petioles so short they seem not to exist. There is no crown shaft, just a glorious head of leaves that gradually die and fall, but stay attached to the trunk. This skirt of old leaves is the My petticoat palm, age 11. source of its common name, petticoat palm or Cuban petticoat palm. Perhaps because it carries its fronds, both dead and alive, for such a long time, it is extraordinarily slow growing. Perhaps ...

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Valentine’s Day Concert at Fairchild

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentine's Day Concert at Fairchild Features Kevin Mahogany and the Frost Concert Jazz Band Coral Gables, FL, February 2, 2011-Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Fairchild has the perfect way to spend it with that special someone! On Monday, February 14, Fairchild will hold its annual Valentines Day concert-this year featuring the smooth sounds of jazz singer Kevin Mahogany and the University of Miami's premiere large ensemble the Frost Concert Jazz...

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Moving plants

Friday, February 11, 2011

To prepare for the the new state-of-the-art Science Village, Tropical Research Labs, Cafe and Conservatory the horticulture team moved several important plants. We realized that this would be necessary to make room for the new buildings and Conservatory shade house. Among the palms to be moved were five Cryosophila williamsii, wild collected in Honduras by Dr. Scott Zona. This species of Cryosophila is restricted to steep, high-rainfall slopes of the Lago Yojoa watershed in west-central...

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Fairchild's 9th Annual International Orchid Festival

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fairchild's 9th Annual International Orchid Festival Scheduled for March 11, 12 & 13 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral Gables, FL, February 16, 2011-Get ready for an amazing display of orchids from around the world! The International Orchid Festival, in its ninth year, is taking place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 11, 12 and 13, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature over 10,000 orchid plants and more than 50 ...

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Pergola's spring bouquet

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Clerodendrum splendens. Eliciting ohhs at the north end of the vine pergola is the magnificent specimen of Clerodendrum splendens. This vining clerodendron (the common name ends in on') is from Africa, and for a clerodendron behaves itself rather seemly. With large leaves and clusters of small flowers reaching some five or six inches across, the vine will twine around a support and dangle branches quite beautifully. The wow-power of Seen closer, the red of this Clerodendrum is...

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February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $457,530 grant (award # 1050340) to a team of scientists from Florida International University, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the United States Department of Agriculture, Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) and New York Botanic Garden (Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Dr. Alan Meerow, Dr. Patrick Griffith, and Dr. Dennis Stevenson, respectively) to conduct evolutionary and conservation genetics studies of the cycad genus Zamia from the...

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