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Saddened by the Loss of Steven Christman

January 29, 2020

We are deeply saddened to have lost a great mentor, botanist, biologist and friend today.  Steven (Steve) Christman has left us to carry on his legacy.  Steve was the leading expert on Florida’s ancient scrub, having surveyed nearly every square inch of it and dodged bulldozers trying to save it.  Many of Florida’s rare scrub species still exist today because of his efforts to preserve the lands they depend on for their survival, or because he helped rescue rare plant populations from development.  


He identified one of Florida’s rarest species, which is named after him – Dicerandra christmanii (Christman’s mint).  He wrote about the species before it was given its official name: 




We will miss him dearly and will be eternally grateful to him for generously sharing his time and his knowledge to help save the real Florida.


You can experience Steve’s legacy by visiting some of the lands that he helped to preserve:



Or visit one of the preserves that are home to plant populations rescued from development sites:


Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando