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Take the City Nature Challenge 2021

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an international effort to get people outside to document their local biodiversity. Over the course of four days, citizen scientists around the world will log as many observations of the natural world as they can. Then experts will...

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April 2021 EcoQuest: Plants the Pop!

© canstockphoto_liveslowIn a nod to the "Roy Lichtenstein: Monet's Garden Goes Pop!" exhibit at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, April’s EcoQuest Challenge is Plants that Pop!  We are focusing on plants that spread their seeds through...

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March 2021 EcoQuest: Stranglers, Lovers, and Tubes

For our March Ecoquest, Check your boots, we have been working with local cabbage palm expert Jono Miller. He wrote a very informative article for Palmetto, Florida Native Plant Society’s newsletter, which is directly related to our EcoQuest. It is not sold on...

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Help us with our local EcoFlora project!

Bioblitz Group in the field.The goal of the Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora project is to enlist the help of citizens in documenting the diversity and distribution of plants in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, utilizing the iNaturalist app and website. You don’t have to be a...

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March 2021 EcoQuest: Check Your Boots!

 Cabbage palm boots Golden polypody growing on cabbage palmThe official state tree of Florida since 1970, the cabbage palm, or sabal palm, (Sabal palmetto) is easy to spot in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Sabal palmetto belongs to a class of flowering plants called...

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Habit Highlight-Parasitism in Plants

Written by Elizabeth Gandy, Curatorial Assistant When we hear the word “parasite,” often the first things that come to mind are very undesirable critters like bed bugs, roundworms, or my personal favorite, bot flies. Actually, plants can also be parasites, with about...

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February 2021 EcoQuest: Love Vine and Gall Wasps

Scott P. Egan, Rice UniversityLove vine on wasp gall on live oak!Love vine (Cassytha filiformis)In developing this month’s EcoQuest, Lookin’ for Love Vine, we came across the research of scientists from Rice University on the interaction between Cassytha filiformis...

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February 2021 EcoQuest: Lookin’ For Love VINE

 Love vine, Cassytha filiformis, is a parasitic vine native to Florida in the Lauraceae family, the same family as avocado. While the name “love vine” stems from its reputation as an aphrodisiac, this plant is anything but sweet! As a parasitic vine, it twines itself...

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