Spore Stories: Fairchild’s Rare Fern Conservation Program

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Jennifer Possley, Conservation Program Manager, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden South Florida leads the continental US in native fern diversity, with about 60 taxa. Despite this distinction, the region’s ferns have been under-documented and largely ignored by botanists, managers, and regulators. Some of the barriers toward documenting, studying and conserving ferns include difficulties in identification and […]

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Raising Peas in Rising Seas: How an increase in soil salinity affects seed germination and seedling survival of the Keys partridge pea (Chamaecrista lineata var. keyensis) a rare Florida Keys endemic

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Sabine Wintergerst, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden The only known remaining populations of the Keys partridge pea (Chamaecrista lineata var. keyensis) are found within the imperiled pine rockland habitat on two islands of the Florida Keys. Like other low-lying islands, the Florida Keys are especially threatened by sea level rise. As a consequence, soil salinity levels will […]

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Labeling Plants in Dunes

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Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Since coastal dunes have constantly shifting sands, tracking individual plants over many years can be challenging. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden began working with a federally endangered plant called Beach Clustervine in the late 1990s.  This long-lived species grows only in the coastal strand area of coastal dune communities in four […]

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Do Storm Events Trigger Seedlings?


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