Spotless ladybug on flowering Florida Ziziphus

Nearly all of the seeds of Florida Ziziphus (Ziziphus celata) are produced in the National Collection at Bok Tower Gardens.  The small, few natural populations are clonal or consist of the same mating type, and Florida Ziziphus is an obligate outcrosser.  Most of the genotypes grow together in the National Collection, and open pollination ensure […]

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Collecting seeds of Britton\’s beargrass

Britton’s Beargrass, Nolina brittoniana, is a Florida endemic that is in the Agave family and both federally and state listed as endangered.  It is a perennial with long, grass-like leaves and grows from a central clump.  It is found on well-drained, xeric soils on the Lake Wales Ridge and north to the Ocala National Forest. […]

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Rescued Scrub lupine seeds used for the IMLS project

Scrub lupine (Lupinus aridorum) is found on white sand scrub in limited area and just on two ridge systems in central Florida: the Mount Dora Ridge and the Winter Haven Ridge.  Both areas are densely urbanized and have reduced the species to primarily one small, viable population on each ridge. […]

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Florida goldenaster seed collection

Florida goldenaster (Chrysopsis floridana) (Small) is a federally endangered herbaceous perennial aster endemic to west-central Florida.   C. floridana occurs in fire-maintained scrub habitat on well-drained, nutrient-poor soils, often in areas with a high degree of soil disturbance: trails, fire-lines, and service roads. […]

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Clasping warea

Clasping warea (Warea amplexifolia) (Nutt.)Nutt. is a federally endangered and annual herb in Brassicaceae.  W. amplexifolia is a Florida endemic that occurs in sandhill habitat along the northern half of the Lake Wales Ridge, an ancient sand dune that runs about 150 miles north to south in the center of the Florida peninsula. Sandhill habitat and its […]

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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia at the US/MX border

In the United States, the Baja California bird bush (Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia) is known from a single occurrence along the US/MX border, which has been previously impacted by fence construction.  The restored plants are setting a lot of fruit this year.  It is also found in Baja California, Mexico, where it is found all the way […]

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