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Invasive Bromeliad Weevil: How to Identify and Respond

Florida’s large airplants (Tillandsia utriculata, T. fasciculata, Guzmania monostachia, and others) have been under attack for over three decades by an invasive pest called the Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona). The weevil chews holes in the leaf bases...

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Selby Gardens Welcomes New Orchid Research Botanist

Selby Gardens Welcomes New Orchid Research Botanist

Accomplished Scientist Tatiana Arias Brings Expertise in Tropical Plant Biology and Conservation Sarasota, Fla, December 2, 2021 – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has added another world-class scientist to its diverse botany team. Award-winning botanist Dr. Tatiana...

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Tilly Tally Two: Revisiting Our Local Tillandsias

Tilly Tally Two: Revisiting Our Local Tillandsias

Florida has 16 species of native bromeliads, 12 of which are in the genus Tillandsia. Eight are found in Sarasota and Manatee County. The other four species are from counties south and unlikely to be found in our area. For our November and December EcoQuests, we are...

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BioBlitz Field Observations: Unique and Native Asters

Each month EcoFlora Sarasota-Manatee holds at least one BioBlitz in relation to our monthly EcoQuest. For September and October our EcoQuest, Asters All Around, has focused on plant species in the Asteraceae, or sunflower, family. On September 24th our EcoFlora team...

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Beneficial Backyard Asters

Florida has the climate to host a variety of subtropical to tropical exotic plants. Many landscapes are rich in non-native species that are beautiful but high maintenance, subject to pests, and need special fertilizers and soils to grow. While such plants may be...

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Endemic Asters of Sarasota- Manatee Counties

Asters are fun, vibrant, and beautiful, they are a significant source of color in our lives. They are appreciated not only by us but by a large majority of animals and insects. Their contribution to our local ecosystem services is significant that their longevity...

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Botanical Spotlight: The Autumn Pixie

You will find Guarianthe bowringiana in its native Central America, from southern Mexico to Honduras. One of the plant’s signature characteristics is its  remarkable adaptability. Guarianthe bowringiana typically flourishes in several types of environments—as...

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