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Spring Tour – Rooted in Goodness now in Texas
Longflower Tuberose. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Eason © 2015
Mrs. Meyers + Center for Plant Conservation = Saving Plants
Spring Tour – Rooted in Goodness now in Texas
Center for Plant Conservation Participating Institutions in Texas
Longflower Tuberose | San Antonio Botanical Garden
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is helping to save the Longflower Tuberose. Also known as Runyon’s huaco, Amole de Río and St. Joseph’s Staff (Manfreda longiflora), this is a small fleshy plant that looks a lot like an aloe with interesting reddish-brown markings. It is also commonly known as Tuberose because of its fragrant white to pink flowers which bloom on a flower stalk that sometimes reaches a height of 20 inches. The leaves do wither in drought conditions, and are often subject to herbivory, but will return after rain events (Eason, pers. comm. 2017).
There are only 4 known populations of this taxon as its imperiled by threats such as highway and pipeline construction, maintenance, overgrazing, brush clearing, and non-native grasses. Low population numbers and low numbers of individuals could lead to extinction through any number of chance events (Damude and Poole 1990).
Known from fewer than 15 occurrences in south Texas and northern Tamaulipas, Mexico. Threatened by brush clearing and other pasture improvement techniques, over-collection for commercial sale, highway and pipeline construction and maintenance, overgrazing, and non-native grasses (Damude and Poole 1990 cited by Barrrett n.d.). A lack of pollinators could be a limiting factor, but this needs to be studied.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is dedicated to education, conservation, research and display of plants and plant communities of local, regional, and worldwide significance.
The conservation experts at CPC participating institutions such as the San Antonio Botanical Garden share their in-depth conservation expertise about rare plants through CPC’s National Collection Plant Profiles.
Learn more about Longflower Tuberose.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Neches River rose mallow | Mercer Botanic Gardens
The Neches River rose mallow (Hibiscus dasycalyx) is a federally listed threatened native hibiscus that now only exists in three watersheds in east Texas (USFWS 2010). This hibiscus has delicate slender leaves and creamy white flowers with dark burgundy eyes. Educational display specimens of Hibiscus dasycalyx and associated interpretive panels are on display for the public within Mercer Botanic Gardens’ Endangered Species and Native Plant Garden.
Learn more about the Neches River rose mallow.
Volunteer’s Love of Plants Helps Conserve Parasitic Vine | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
As with many parasitic plants, many people see tall dodder (Cuscuta exaltata) as a pest. Removal by landowners is even a reported threat to the small populations of this vulnerable vine. Fortunately for the tall dodder twining around the shinnery oaks of a knoll on a 259-acre ranch outside of Lometa, Texas, Nan Hampton’s discovery of the vine elicited excitement rather than a desire to remove the plant. Besides managing the ranch with her husband, Nan is a long-time volunteer at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC). She was working with local botanist Laura Hansen at the time of their discovery in 2009 to conduct a thorough botanical inventory of the ranch. Both her volunteer work and botanical inventory were fulfilling a latent desire to work in botany after years in pursuit of and later applying her doctorate in zoology.
CONSERVATION CHAMPION, Edward Schneider, Ph.D. | President and Executive Director, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Trustee Edward Schneider Ph.D., currently serves as President and Executive Director of BRIT, but has also served as the director of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and ushered those organizations into the CPC network. For his efforts at these three institutions, he was awarded CPC’s Star Award this year. We interviewed him about his long and illustrious career in plant conservation in our November issue of Save Plants.
Our friends at Mrs. Meyers Clean Day are deep into their Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour. They are hitting the road visiting community events, festivals and even neighborhood stores to spread a little goodness across the U.S. You can join them on their tour a leave your mark to help plants grow. For every thumbprint pledge, Mrs. Meyers will donate $1 to the Center for Plant Conservation (up to $10,000).
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