Safeguarding the Rare Plants of the Sunshine State

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What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?

At the ABG Conservation Seed Bank, a few freshly harvested seeds of Florida Yew (Taxus floridana) were sacrificed, having their characteristic fleshly red cup (aril) removed before weighing and drying to determine the average moisture content. This value will be used to desiccate remaining seeds to a moisture content of precisely 4-7% before entering a germination […]

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Not An Early Riser

West’s Flax (Linum westii Rogers) has adorable little yellow flowers that only open in the evening so surveys are best done in the afternoon, perfect for folks who are not early risers. […]

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Rhynchospora crinipes Up Close

Under the microscope is seen a reference specimen from the University of West Florida herbarium to confirm the characteristic morphology of Rhynchospora crinipes. […]

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Spore Stories: Fairchild’s Rare Fern Conservation Program

Screenshot from Spore Stories: Fairchild’s Rare Fern Conservation Program video

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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Conservation genetics of the endangered Apalachicola Rosemary, Conradina glabra.

Screenshot from Conservation genetics of the endangered Apalachicola Rosemary, Conradina glabra video

Lauren Eserman, Atlanta Botanical Garden Conradina glabra, or Apalachicola rosemary, is a federally listed endangered species that exists only on a small area of sandhill in Liberty County, Florida. Forestry practices in the last 100 years have resulted in declining populations of C. glabra. In the wild, plants produce very few seeds, but small plants that resemble seedlings […]

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