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

Prairie Plant Species Research

June 14th, 2018|

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) (Provided by David Remucal) The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum safeguards nine species in the CPC National Collection. Three of these species, Cypripedium candidum, Platanthera praeclara, and Besseya bullii, are prairie species. The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has had great success growing the [...]

Experimental Prairie

June 14th, 2018|

The Morton Arboretum (Provided by Cathy Bechtoldt and Andrew Hipp) Ecological restoration is a critical component of conservation. Unfortunately, restored sites often fall short of common restoration goals such as maintenance of biodiversity over time, increased ecosystem function, and resistance to invasion by exotic weeds. The goal of this project is to test whether considering [...]

June Announcements, Employment and Events

June 13th, 2018|

Announcements Dr. Peter Raven awarded the National Geographic Hubbard Medal. Each year, National Geographic awards the Hubbard Medal to recognize “lifetime achievement in research, discovery, and exploration.” This year, the Hubbard Medal was awarded to Dr. Peter H. Raven for his work as a botanist and for his work as a conservation advocate. Learn more. [...]

What’s New for North America’s Rarest Conifer

May 31st, 2018|

Atlanta Botanical Garden “What’s new for Torreya taxifolia, North America’s rarest conifer?” Emily Coffey, PhD, Ron Determann, Rebecca Byrd, and Carrie Radcliffe One of the rarest conifers in the world is the Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia). It is endemic to northwest Florida and extreme southwest Georgia. A catastrophic decline in this species occurred in the [...]

A Weed or Not a Weed, That is The Question

May 1st, 2018|

Test your skills: determine which plants are considered weeds or invasives and which are rare plants. (The answers are at the end of the newsletter.) Answers to plant quiz above:  1. Houston Camphor daisy (Rare),  2. Ox-Eye Daisy with monarch butterfly (Weed),  3. Two-Spike Crabgrass (Rare),  4. Veldt Grass (Weed),  5. Golden Indian [...]

To Be, or Not to Be, a Weed

April 30th, 2018|

This month we are looking at plants that are endangered but could be mistaken for “weeds.” Both appearance and/or behavior can account for misconceptions and perceptions. What happens when there are plants that display weed-like characteristics, yet aren’t weeds? What happens when those plants are also endangered? How do we address the perception of “weed” to obtain and [...]

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 [...]