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North Florida

Wolf Creen Trout Lily Preserve

On the second Tuesday of each month, a volunteer group from the Magnolia Chapter works at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve to remove invasive plants, including privet, Japanese climbing fern, Japanese honeysuckle, and Nandina. This 140 acre property in Grady County, Georgia contains tens of millions of early spring wildflowers. The property was saved from residential development by members of the Magnolia Chapter.

Trout lily

Trout lily. Photo by David Moynahan.

North Florida Rare Plant Conservation

Several rare plant species in north Florida are receiving special attention. They include Baptisia megacarpa, Lindera subcoriacea, and Schwalbea americana. Volunteers are investigating strategies to help these species persist in the wild as well as preserving seeds in cryogenic storage as a safeguard. In situ conservation may include hand pollination, population introductions, and invasive species management.

Baptisia megacarpa

Baptisia megacarpa. Photo by Shirley Denton

State Rare Plant Rescues

Sweetbay Chapter has worked on plant rescues and reintroduction at Grayton Beach State Park and St. Andrews State Park. The chapter also helps educate the public about monarch butterfly tagging and the importance of monitoring and tracking monarchs.

 

In August 2017, 1,000’s of rare plants were rescued from a Florida roadside development by members of four FNPS chapters.  Thank you to all of our dedicated and hardworking volunteers!  Among the plant species rescued were Nightflowering Wild Petunia (Ruellia noctiflora) and Fewflower Milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata), which is a very important species for Monarch butterflies. 

Monarch with tag

Monarch with tag

Asclepias lanceolata

Asclepias lanceolata