Cold weather carnivores come inside

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time to bring cold-sensitive plants inside

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Visit by the Orchid Curator of Beijing Botanic Garden

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Between Nov 21-23, 2014 Dr. Yu Zhang, The Orchid Curator of the Beijing Botanical Garden made a visit...

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Enhancing Research Links with the Bahamas National Trust

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two FIU faculty with formal links with Fairchild traveled to Eleuthera (the Bahamas) between November 14 and 16. Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Head of the FIU-FTBG Molecular Laboratory and Dr. Alejandro Barbieri from FIU-Biology made a visit to the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Bahamas National Trust) where Dr. Barbieri delivered a talk entitled...

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Shhh! Monarchs are sleeping!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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An Incredible Fairchild "Find"

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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A Surprise Garden Guest

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The common bark scorpion isn't so common anymore.

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Plant Hunting in the Canary Islands

Friday, July 25, 2014

In July of 2014 Fairchild Herbarium Curator Dr. Brett Jestrow and FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega travelled to the Canary Islands to collect plant material for the Garden living collections and herbarium. The trip also aimed to develop links with one of the most venerable botanic gardens of Spain: The Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava on Tenerife. This botanic garden...

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Found at Fairchild: The Azolla Event

Thursday, July 3, 2014

In summer and fall a fascinating little plant covers much of the shorelines of Fairchild's lakes. It's a lacy green and pink-edged aquatic fern. Yes, a fern that lives completely in water! It's in the Azolla genus. I believe it is the native Azolla caroliniana, aka mosquito fern, though conservationists are on the lookout for an invasive Old World mosquito fern, Azolla pinnata.

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Bromeliad Show and Sale

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The 36th annual show and sale of the Bromeliad Society of South Florida is exhibiting some remarkable plants, from wispy, silver tillandsias to the armed Neoregelia “Hanibal Lector;’ some bear brilliantly colored inflorescences, others have simply elegant shapes and not a flower in sight, such as Quesnelia marmorata ‘Tim Plowman.’  “What big teeth you have”, said Little Red Riding Hood when she saw Hohenbergia edmundoi with its fierce armor and spines. Where there is color, it is seldom demure: Neoregelia ‘Donna’ has a startlingly bright fuchsia center; Aechmea tessmanii waves its yellow and red inflorescence like a beacon in the night.

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