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The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.

The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County

Next Meeting in Dade County

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

South Florida Endemic Plants and Their Conservation - Jimmy Lange, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Jimmy will provide an overview of the plants endemic to (found only in) South Florida, discussing their evolutionary origins and the ecological challenges they face such as habitat loss, sea-level rise, and invasive species. Emphasis will be on plants that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. He will then focus on outlining work- both current and upcoming- being done by Fairchild’s Conservation Team and others to conserve and understand these species.

Jimmy Lange is a field botanist with the South Florida Conservation Team at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, dedicated to in situ and ex situ conservation of the rare plants of our region. He is an active member of the FNPS and a board member of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Larry and Penny Thompson Park pineland

Our May speaker (and a rock star in the field), Jimmy Lange, will lead us in search local endemics and other interesting plants. This park is a part of the botanically rich Richmond Pineland Complex, but safe from the planned development discussed in the news. We recently visited in the fall; now we'll see spring wildflowers

  • Difficulty: Easy - paved and unpaved paths and optional off-trail, but open and sunny
  • Bring: Water, sun protection. Bring a loupe if you have one. Close-focus binoculars might be good for spotting butterflies
  • Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705)

Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!