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What’s in Bloom – Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea are familiar to us as common thorny shrubs, vines, or trees bearing colorful papery “flowers” which are in fact modified leaves or bracts enclosing three simple waxy true flowers that are normally white or off-white in color.  They are members of the...

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Wild Coffee, a Florida Native Spring Beauty

Wild Coffee, a Florida Native Spring Beauty

Spring is sprung and with it, an iconic plant of the Florida landscape is bursting with flowers. Wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) is one of the most widely cultivated of Florida’s native plants. Tolerance of both shade and our relatively poor native soil make it a...

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Selby Gardens’ Botany Volunteers Work from Home

Selby Gardens’ Botany Volunteers Work from Home

It is a win/win situation to have our Botany Department volunteers being able to continue their valuable work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are helping with a multi-institutional project funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, known as...

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Bizarre Passion Flower in Bloom

Bizarre Passion Flower in Bloom

Written by Selby Gardens Vice President for Botany, Bruce Holst One of Selby Gardens' strangest passion flower vines is beginning to bloom this year, and it has the oddest scientific name of all, Passiflora xiikzodz. The species name is pronounced "sheik zoats." In...

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Selby Gardens and New College Partner in Botany Research

New College of Florida and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens began a formal collaboration with a focus on plant science, conservation, and public outreach in 2016. New College Botany class visits the greenhouses at Selby Gardens. “There have been some amazing outcomes for...

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A Collection for the Ages

A Collection for the Ages

Dr. Carlyle A. Luer is considered one of the most prolific botanists of both this and the previous centuries. A key founder of Selby Gardens, Luer, 95, has described and illustrated more than 3,000 new orchid species. This feat is just an estimate as the exact number...

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“It wasn’t me.” – Seymour, the corpse flower

“It wasn’t me.” – Seymour, the corpse flower

Seymour, one of our two mature Amorphophallus titanum ("Corpse flower") plants fooled us in thinking he was going to create an inflorescence (flower) rather than create a leaf as its partner, Audrey, has done. Alas, Seymour won't be treating us to his odorous blossom...

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Intern from Brazil Visits Selby Gardens

Intern from Brazil Visits Selby Gardens

Selby Gardens welcomes our new Brazilian Intern, Carla Royer, who arrived last week and will be here until October 2 . Carla is one of Selby Garden's Curator of the Orchid Research Center, Antonio Toscano de Brito, Ph.D.'s former MSc students and is now a PhD...

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