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the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida.

We provide scientifically sound information on native plants, their habitats, the wildlife that depends on them, and their management and culture

Images by Catherine Bowman, Ron Blair, and Shirley Denton


Save the Warea Area - Donate for Land Acquisition

Posted November 04, 2018

Please help us preserve an important corridor of intact Longleaf Pine Sandhill (The Warea Area) that connects publically-protected lands and is home to 1 of only 2 large populations of Warea amplexifolia (Clasping Warea).  Peruse our photo collection of the area here.

Your donation will be used to purchase properties in the Warea Area corridor.  To date, your donations have helped us and our partner Putnam Land Conservancy to acquire 6 properties within the corridor.  Our goal for 2019 is 50 acres!

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New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Non-native Plants

Posted October 24, 2018

New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Non-native Plants Findings Give Landowners a Simple Roadmap To Provide Essential Habitat for Breeding Birds Insect-eating birds that depend on the availability of high-calorie, high-protein cuisine—namely caterpillars and…

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FNPS submits comments on updated management plan for the Crystal River Preserve State Park

Posted October 17, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society reviewed a proposed update of the Crystal River Preserve State Park Unit Management Plan and submitted the following letter for consideration by to the Acquisition and Restoration Council.   While the update acknowledged sea level rise as a factor in the long-term…

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Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations Florida Native Plant Society 2019 Conference

Posted October 10, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held at the Plantation on Crystal River, Crystal River, Florida, May 16-19, 2019.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18.  Researchers are invited…

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FNPS 2019 Endowment Grant Research Awards, Conservation Grant Awards and the Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany

Posted October 10, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society…

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Posted October 18, 2018

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Why do we care so much about Warea?

Clasping Warea is a Federally-Endangered plant. Our mission is to protect the native plants of Florida, and there are no plants that need protection more than ones that are on the endangered species list! 

We have been working since 2012 on monitoring Clasping Warea on the Warea Tract of the Seminole State Forest. Tarflower Chapter leads volunteer outings and hikes in this valuable property that is otherwise closed to the public. 

We also monitor three other sites with Clasping Warea within the rapidly developing Central Florida area. We have decided to take action to protect the largest population of Clasping Warea in Florida. It’s unprotected and could be developed at any time. 

We’re calling this place “The Warea Area” because there’s so much of it, plus, it rolls right off the tongue. View our photo album of this beautiful piece of real Florida here

Help us save this endangered species by donatingtoday.

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