News 2018-09-20T21:54:13+00:00

Favorite Seed Germination Information References of CPC Conservation Officers

November 20th, 2017|

Michael Dosmann, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University: Dirr and Heuser’s manual on Woody plant propagation is a pretty good starting point for temperate woodies. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture, Second Edition, by Michael A. Dirr,‎ Charles W. Heuser Jr. Uli Lorimer, Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Native Plant Journal’s Propagation Database. There are loads [...]

Imperiled Venus flytrap

November 19th, 2017|

Michael Kunz, North Carolina Botanical Garden Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant species endemic to 100 km landward radius centered near Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. This species is very well known to hobbyists and recognized throughout the world. However, in its native range, Venus flytrap is a conservation concern due to having a small number of robust [...]

California Plant Rescue Initiative

November 17th, 2017|

Christa Horn, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global In California, CPC members have come together as California Plant Rescue (CaPR), working to better conserve the immense botanical diversity of the state through seed collections. Working within an area that includes the California Floristic Province, home to over 6,000 plant species (not even including subtaxa!), over one third of [...]

Living collections augment wild seed harvest for rare species research

November 16th, 2017|

Dustin Wolkis and Seana Walsh, National Tropical Botanical Garden Hawai’i has less than 1% of the land mass of the United States, yet contains almost half of the threatened and endangered plant species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. In alignment with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, the Hawai’i Strategy for Plant Conservation, and the National Seed [...]

Collecting and Conserving

November 15th, 2017|

Kristin Haskins, The Arboretum at Flagstaff This fall, The Arboretum at Flagstaff has been preparing packets of Packera franciscana propagules, a critically impaired or G1 listed endangered species found only on the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona, for seed banking at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation Laboratory in Fort Collins, Colorado. With funding provided by the USDA [...]

Cornell Botanic Gardens Innovative Programs for Children

September 15th, 2017|

Cornell Botanic Garden has a variety of programs for children in grades K-8. In the International Crop Garden, for example, children learn about the different plants that feed people all over the world. In another program, the children explore and learn about native wildflowers. Using native wildflowers, the students learn about life cycles, the ecology, and botany of [...]

San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG Institute for Conservation Research)

July 16th, 2017|

Southern Californian Coast Home to Iconic Torrey Pine Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana) is an iconic species found only in southern California, and is among the rarest pine species in the world. There are only two native populations of Torrey pines, one in the Del Mar/La Jolla region, where a subset is protected in the Torrey Pines State Natural [...]

Why can’t rare plants go on vacation too?

July 15th, 2017|

The heat and humidity of July bring millions of Americans to the beaches, bays, and towns of the North American Coastal Plain. As families travel to their sandy destinations, they pass through an area of exceptional biodiversity, but one in critical danger. More than 86% of habitat has already been lost to development and along with it populations [...]

Denver Botanic Gardens

June 15th, 2017|

Phenology is the study of how climate affects things like bird migrations or plant flowering. It is also one of the best ways to observe how plants respond to climate change, and to predict future changes in plant communities. According to the researchers at Denver Botanic Gardens, phenological studies with respect to climate change could be improved if herbarium [...]