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floridanativeplants

Florida Native Plant Society

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we protect, conserve, & restore FL's native plants and native plant communities

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Invasive plants are one of the greatest environmental threats we face, and even your local actions can make a major, beneficial impact. Invasive species are like a wrench thrown into the delicately balanced mechanisms that are our native ecosystems. They throw them out of whack and eventually cause them to fail completely. Functioning ecosystems are what support human life on Earth. We can’t exist without them. They provide the critical ecosystem services that keep us healthy and happy. But we take those services for granted: clean air, clean water, food, biodiversity, decomposition, buffering of extreme weather, and so much more. What can you do? 1. Plant NATIVE! Aim to increase the percentage of native plants in your yard every year. You can recreate the habitat your yard replaced by using the natural areas in your region as a guide for choosing what species need to be reestablished. 2. Learn what invasive species are most common in your area, how to identify and how to eradicate and manage them. Remove them from your yard and community. Many FNPS chapters have organized invasive removal work days that are a great way to get involved and educated! 3. Spread the word by educating your friends, family and neighbors. #invasivespecies #invasiveplants #invasiveplantremoval #ecology #ecosystemservices #nativeplants #plantnative #removeinvasives #conservation #ecosystems #biodiversity #invasive #youryardmatters #doyourpart #nature #plants #botany #plantnerd #nativeplantnerd #bringingnaturehome #homegrownnationalpark #floridanativeplants @lillybyrd27
Scenes from Torreya taxifolia surveys in the Panhandle this week! Torreya occurs only in the unique steephead ravines that feed into the Apalachicola River in Gadsden and Liberty counties. These steep and deep ravines have constant seeps that create small creeks and streams at the bottom of the ravines. Some of these creeks have sandy bottoms from sand pulled down from the rolling pine Sandhills that occur above the ravines (these Sandhills are remnants of ancient dunes along the prehistoric coastline). The closer you get to the river however, you tend to find creeks and streams that have limestone beds beautifully carved out by this continuous flow of water. Torreya can be found growing in the ecotones between the Sandhills and the ravine slopes, on the actual slopes, and even growing down along the streams - so we attempt to thoroughly survey all parts of these slopes that remain intact (undisturbed by development, logging etc). This week we didn’t find any Torryea, but we did see some of the other rare species that occur in these ravines; - Harvestbells, Gentiana saponaria - Leatherwood, Dirca palustris - Florida Flame Azalea, Rhododendron austrinum - Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia - Pineland Agrimony, Agrimonia incisa - Twisted Spikerush, Eleocharis tortilis - Mountain Golden-alexanders, Ziza trifoliata - Video and description by FNPS TorreyaKeepers Project Manager, Lilly Anderson-Messec @lilliumbyrd #fieldwork #apalachicolariver #floridapanhandle #gentians #rareplants #nativeplants #floridanativeplants #botany #floridanativeplantsociety #torreyataxifolia #torreyakeepers #steepheadravines #nature #floridanature #therealflorida #conservation #conservationist #botanist #nativeplanttok @lillybyrd27
Learn some of the basic morphology of #sedges - members of the #Cyperaceae family - and #Carex in particular in this video with Research Botanist Scott award from the #NorthCarolinaBotanicalGarden
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