יומן של Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project (FL, USA)

מאי 22, 2023

Ecoflora Conference Registration Ends Today!

Hello EcoFlora Project participants and interested parties!

Today is the last day to register for the Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Conference! There will be a free lunch, behind the scenes garden tours, talks by botanists, park managers, and professional educators, and ways we will keep supporting local conservation into the future in Sarasota and Manatee Counties!

One of our ongoing projects is the epiphytes of the United States and Canada which focuses on plants that grow on other plants such as this Tillandsia paucifolia or Potbelly Airplant in Palm Beach County. We focus on our local plants but support research worldwide through the herbarium and iNaturalist!

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מאי 16, 2023

Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project Conference May 26th and Crowley Museum Bioblitz May 18th

Hello EcoFlora Participants and Partners!

In celebration of over three successful years, the Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora project team will be hosting a free conference at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. We invite you to join our staff and local experts for a series of presentations on the achievements of this project.

The giant airplant Tillandsia utriculata seen here in a massive group along this live oak trunk preparing to flower. One of our longest projects the Epiflora of the United States and Canada focuses on epiphytes like airplants and many orchids.

In addition, we will be recognizing the top participants in the Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora project. The success of the project would not have been possible without you. To date, there have been over 45,000 observations of 1,195 different species. This will be a great opportunity to meet and reconnect with your fellow EcoFlora participants and learn more about the local impacts of the project.

Orchids are a Selby specialty and they inhabit a wide range of habitats. The Spring Ladies' Tresses Spiranthes vernalis occupies grasslands and open pine flatwoods in Florida and the American South. These species benefit from fire and are short lived bloomers!

The conference will be held on Friday, May 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and coffee will be available. Lunch will also be provided. As part of the event, there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens so be prepared to be both indoors and outdoors. Please use the conference registration link below or on the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Registration Link

If you are unable to attend the conference or can't get enough EcoFlora and hiking please check out our bioblitzes including the upcoming hike at Crowley Museum and Nature Center May 18th!

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מרץ 13, 2023

March 15th Shamrock Park Bioblitz

This Wednesday 9am-12pm at Shamrock Park we will be leading a bioblitz with Sarasota County! Sign up at the link below!

Sign Up Link: https://selby.org/dsc/youth-family-programs/sarasota-manatee-ecoflora-project/

What better way to celebrate St Patricks Day than going to Shamrock Park! Here is the non-native white clover Trifolium repens a commonly used symbol of the holiday however it is not native to Florida.

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פברואר 13, 2023

Final Year Updates and Bioblitzes for the Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project

The Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project has officially set an end date which will be December 30th 2023 and bioblitzes will be throughout the year. Marie Selby Botanical Garden’s botany department will continue to facilitate occasional bioblitzes once the project has concluded. The Ecoflora project has added dozens of local species to the Florida Plant Atlas, trained hundreds of citizen scientists, and inspired the public to document over 40,000 plants. With such a major local impact, we want to continue encouraging participation and the project will be online for people to continue adding observations to. To round out the end of our project, we have 10 final Bioblitzes scheduled as well as an EcoFlora conference to highlight the research, achievements, inspirational stories, and the many people who have made this project possible. We will announce the date and location soon!

See the full list of bioblitzes and learn more about the Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project here!

The coral bean Erythrina herbacea is a wonderful native plant that flowers in the winter months with long red flowers that attract hummingbirds.

While we will not be releasing any new EcoQuests for the remainder of the project period, we have one final goal that we need your help to reach! Our final milestones are 50,000 total observations, documenting 2,000 total species, and having a total of 500 members in our iNaturalist project group. We will also be participating in the 2023 City Nature Challenge so there are plenty of opportunities left to participate!

Thank you to all of our participants and supporters. This project would not have been possible without you. We look forward to seeing you during our last ten events for the Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project! All are 9am to 12pm for times.

Monthly Bioblitzes Sign Up Below!

February 24th 2023 Tom Bennet Park

March 15th 2023 Shamrock Park

April 28th 2023 Moody Branch portion of Little Manatee River Southfork Tract

May 18th 2023 Crowley Museum and Nature Center

June 29th 2023 Pine Island Preserve – paddle trip sign ups through Manatee County! TBA

July 12th 2023 Carlton Preserve

August 25th 2023 Neal Preserve potentially add Perico

September 29th 2023 Duette Headwaters

October 27th 2023 Robinson Preserve

November 15th 2023 Myakka State Forest

December 13th 2023 Terra Ceia

We'd like to thank everyone for supporting us throughout the years and hope that we can finish these last few bioblitzes strong! Let's explore the beauty of our native meadows and habitats together like these meadowbeauties Rhexia mariana.

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ספטמבר 16, 2022

EcoFlora Performance Survey

Hello All,

If you've enjoyed the hikes, bioblitzes, and have learned a thing or two on plants through the Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project please leave us a review on this performance survey!

Link to Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJbq9Pg8GOqpiQ52iVuJ3QcK0QI9WhFvqWg3vPYSAWc6TFMQ/viewform

We hope you aren't too tied up in Tievine or these surveys to miss our monthly bioblitzes! Remember you can sign up at the Selby Gardens website.

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ספטמבר 14, 2022

Red Bug Slough Bioblitz Tomorrow and FNPS Bioblitzes!

Don't forget to sign up for tomorrow morning's Red Bug Slough Bioblitz at 9am! It's the fall wildflower season so let's see what is blooming? Will we find a beautiful blazing star? A fantastic Fakahatchee grass? Magnificent magnolias perhaps? Colorful crossvines? Or will be be leaping over creeks to find the rare pine lily? Be sure to keep following for more wonderful opportunities to explore Florida's colorful fall season.

Pine Lily or Lilium catesbaei is a rare seasonal lily preferring open pine flatwoods habitat and can be found across the American Southeast. These lilies can bloom over 6 inches across and are highly seasonal only found in September through November blooming in our area. Keep a look out!

Also if you are interested in getting involved outside of EcoFlora, the Serenoa local chapter Florida Native Plant Society is back and has their own hikes. So let's get out there and document our wonderful flora and fauna!

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ספטמבר 06, 2022

September and October Bioblitzes and a Helpful Native or Invasive Guide

Hello EcoFlora Bioblitzers!

The invasion has begun and we're relying on your help to identify and monitor the spread of invasive plants in Florida. Other than helping us monitor them here, and planting natives while removing invasive plants in your yard you can also contact your local park services and see if they have any invasive removal days to help. Otherwise we have the bioblitzes times below and remember to sign up on the Selby Gardens Website here!

Ready to join the search for invasive species and march with us against these invaders? Check out the September and October Bioblitzes below!

September 15th 9am-12pm Red Bug Slough 5200 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231 with Sarasota County

September 23rd 9am-12pm Robinson Preserve Expansion ADA Accessible Hike (Full rubberized trail and facilities) 10299 9th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 with Manatee County

October 14th 9am-12pm Crowley Museum and Nature Center 16405 Myakka Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240 collaborating with Crowley Museum and potentially Sarasota County

October 20th 9am-12pm Duette Preserve Wildflower Display 2649 Rawls Rd, Duette, FL 34219 with Manatee County

Don't forget to sign up on the Selby Gardens Website here!

Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anarcdioides) was once a very common landscape and shade tree in the 1960's in Florida but is now one of the few federally banned plants. Originally brought to Florida for it's showy fruits and shade it rapidly grows, spreads, and forms thickets and is eaten by very few native animals. This forms a monoculture of just carrotwood blocking out all other plants and animals and during the dry season can be a fire hazard.

Having trouble figuring out invasive vs native species? Here's a common guide to many of the confused invasive vs native plant species!

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ספטמבר 02, 2022

“FISC-ally Responsible Flora” - September & October Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Ecoquest

Hello EcoFlora participants and inquirers! It is time for a new EcoQuest. For the months of September and October, we will be doing something a little different. We usually center our EcoQuests around certain plant families, but for this quest, we will be looking for species on the FISC list. If you live in Florida, chances are you have seen some of these species in your backyard.

Track how many invasive species you find during this ecoquest here!

Water Hyacinth, Paperbark or Melaleuca, and the Chinese Banyan are some of the most invasive and damaging trees in our area affecting everything from native ecosystems, invading gardens, to even strangling our native oaks!

So, what is the FISC List? It is the Florida Invasive Species Council’s list of invasive plants. You might be familiar with its old name, FLEPPC (Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council). The name was recently updated to reflect more accurate terminology. Terminology and categorization are crucial when it comes to invasive species. The new FISC list of invasive species is divided into two sections: Category I and Category II. 

Category I plants are the most severe. This is measured by displacement of native species, or by the disruption of a stable native ecosystem. Category II plants are invasive plants that have not yet disturbed or displaced habitats or species but are reproducing outside of cultivation. These plants have the potential to become Category I plants if left unchecked, so both categories should be treated as a threat. Currently, there are 165 species on the FISC list. This list is updated every two years to include any newly introduced species and to reclassify the severity of existing invasive species. 

Some of the species we will be on the lookout for include the widely known Brazilian Pepper Tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), Caesarweed (Urena lobata) and Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius). We will also be highlighting some of the “charismatic” invasive species that are commonly found in landscaping and in the Florida plant trade. These include:

Brazilian Pepper on the left, Caesar Weed in the center, and Rosary Pea on the right.

Category I

Pink Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uniflora)

Category II

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum cv. Aureum)

Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtoni)

So, why should we care about documenting invasive species? By utilizing apps like iNaturalist, we can help natural land managers track the spread of an invasive plant. By doing so, we are better prepared to stop it from spreading further. Economically, invasive species management is a laborious and expensive endeavor. For example, it costs the state of Florida over 200 million dollars annually.

One of the best ways to help the fight against invasive species can happen right from your home. By removing known invasive species from your garden and planting native alternatives, you are helping to restore habitat. There are plant nurseries throughout the state that have a large variety of Florida native plants that look just as nice, if not better, than their invasive counterparts. We hope you will join us to learn more about our local ecosystems and how they are being impacted by invasive species. You can find dates, locations, and sign-up information for upcoming Bioblitzes here (link to EcoFlora page), or by emailing ecoflora@selby.org.

Also a shoutout to last months winners for finding the most Morning Glories: miriinthewild won with 31 glorious finds, followed by elprofer with 7 and hunter196 with 6 morning glories spotted!

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אוגוסט 15, 2022

Crowley Nature Museum Bioblitz Canceled!

We are sorry to say that the Crowley Nature Museum Bioblitz tomorrow the 16th has been canceled! We do still have one more bioblitz this month August the 25th at Beker Wingate Preserve, please sign up below!

Bioblitz Signup Link:

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יולי 02, 2022

Going for Morning Glory! - July-August EcoQuest

The theme for our July-August EcoQuest is Convolvulaceae, otherwise known as the morning glory family! This family of plants has over 1,600 species spread across 59 genera that include trees, shrubs, and herbs as well as the vines that most of us are familiar with. A surprising member of this plant family is the sweet potato, which isn’t very closely related to potatoes, which are in the nightshade family Solanaceae!

A characteristic trait of the Convolvulaceae family is the flower shape; more specifically the corolla. Corolla is the collective name for the petals on a flower. The flowers of this family are funnel-shaped, and most of the individual parts are in multiples of five. Ipomoea is the largest genus in this family and hosts the morning glory species that are a common sight in many gardens and natural areas.

Morning glories can have a massive variety in flower size and color but all have the distinct pentagonal shape. From the five angled dodder vine Cuscuta pentagona on the left, to the beautiful goat's foot morning glory Ipomoea pes carprae in the center, and even the delicate and endangered calcareous morning glory Ipomoea microdactyla all morning glories carry their distinct flower shape.

In Florida alone, there are 43 native species, along with 27 non-native species, in the Convolvulaceae family. These include morning glories, bindweeds, dawnflower, and dodders. Twenty-six of these species have been recorded in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Only four of them are non-native:
Water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica)
Mile-a-minute vine (Ipomoea cairica)
Bush morning glory (Ipomoea carnea spp. fistulosa)
Cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)

Some of our more common native varieties that you may be familiar with include:
Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae)
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)
Ocean Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica)
Tievine (Ipomoea-cordatotriloba)

A vibrant ocean blue morning glory, Ipomoea indica exhibiting a variety of leaf structures.

Water spinach is a commonly grown green originating in Asia, and bush morning glory has only been documented in five counties in the state of Florida, one of which is Manatee County. Of our native species, only one is endangered: scrub morning glory (Bonamia grandiflora). This species is endemic to the state and is only found in central Florida. It prefers sandy scrub habitat and can resprout after fires, which it also needs to maintain a suitable habitat. Threats to Bonamia grandiflora are the same ones that threaten many scrub species, including urban development, citrus growing, and reduction of fire ecology and fire regimes in native areas.

Generally speaking, members of this family can be found in many different habitats ranging from inland scrub to coastal sand dunes and wetlands alike. These plants bloom throughout the warmer seasons in Florida, so it’s safe to say you’ll know them when you see them! Some exceptions, like moonflower or scrub morning glory, only bloom at certain times of day, so be sure to check back if they aren’t flowering when you see them.

Beach morning glory, Ipomea imperati in flower after a morning storm.

Upcoming Bioblitzes
If you want to know more about the complexities of Convolvulaceae, please join us on the following dates:

Pinecraft Park (7/21/22):

Duette Preserve (7/27/22):

Crowley Museum (8/16/22):

Beker Wingate Preserve (8/25/22):

If you want to see how glorious your observations have been this month check out the Going for Morning Glory Ecoquest here!

Also a big congratulations to our winners of the Mustard Madness Ecoquest with ceherzog in first followed by crowleymuseumandnaturecenter in second and Stanshebs and ChaseyB tied for fourth!

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