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

What is Darwin’s “Abominable Mystery?”

March 12th, 2018|

A problem that Charles Darwin called an “abominable mystery” was to determine how flowering plants became dominant so rapidly in ecosystems across the world. Darwin wrote to Joseph Hooker in 1879 that “the rapid development as far as we can judge of all the higher plants within recent geological times is an abominable mystery.” After all, plants existed for [...]

Who’s Your Pollinator?

February 28th, 2018|

Seana Walsh, National Tropical Botanical Garden Rappelling down cliffs on Kauai, sometimes suspended a thousand feet above the Pacific Ocean, botanists hand pollinated the critically endangered Hawaiian flowering plant, Brighamia insignis (Alula) in an attempt to save them now that its native pollinator is all but extinct. There had been speculation that the natural pollinator of both Brighamia species [...]

News from CPC | Past Beattie Fellowship Award Winner Christy Edwards

January 29th, 2018|

Highlights of Some of the Past Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship Awardees Each year, The Garden Club of America (GCA) and the CPC together award the Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship to graduate students in biology, horticulture, or a related field. The purpose of the award is “to promote conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States, [...]

News from CPC Participating Institution Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

January 26th, 2018|

From Jennifer Possley, MS, field biologist and Conservation Team leader at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: “One of our two Lyonia truncata var. proctorii is about to flower! These plants were grown from seed collected by CESFO staff in May 2016, and sown by Field Botanist Jimmy Lange, after he carefully researched the best germination methods. Hopefully we will [...]

Pollinator Database

December 28th, 2017|

New this year to the CPC website is the interactive website tool or web app to explore pollinator networks. Most plant species rely on pollinators for reproduction. Without them, plants, including rare plant species, become even more threatened with extinction. CPC received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in order to compile a database of pollinators of rare plants. Kara Powell, [...]

Hurricane Irma Updates for Bok Tower Gardens and Montgomery Botanical Center

December 22nd, 2017|

BOK TOWER GARDENS “The Gardens are slowly returning to normal. Thanks to the power of Hurricane Irma, Bok Tower Gardens has a new garden feature. The Horticultural team was able to save one of the downed trees, and visitors are enjoying a wonderful arch to walk under as they stroll through the historic Olmsted design. Repairs on the greenhouse have [...]

The Kampong Hurricane Recovery Updates

December 20th, 2017|

“In early September, the high winds and storm surge from Hurricane Irma devastated The Kampong, the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s property in south Miami. I was able to go there a week after the storm and what I saw was heartbreaking. The Kampong was a war zone, and many of our iconic trees, the Baobab, Cannon Ball Tree, Yellow Royal [...]

Large Increase in National Collection

December 19th, 2017|

Image: San Diego Goldenstar (Bloomeria clevelandii). Photo@Andrew Borcher After review of the collections records of CPC institutions in 2017, the number of plants in the National Collection was revised from 789 to 1406. This increase reflects the inclusion of new participating institutions and the growth of collections of existing member institutions. The largest contributors of new species included [...]

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 [...]