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Promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida

Our Next Monthly Meeting

11/7/17 @ Leu Gardens- Disease and Insect Problems of FL Native Plants with Stephen Brown !

Welcome to Tarflower- Our community's resource to Florida's beautiful native plants. Come discover with us! 

The October 2017 edition of The Tarpaper is now available!

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Stephen Brown, Lee County's IFAS extention agent and last years FANN conference program presenter, is our November 7th speaker!


Check out some of his videos and get to know your speaker!

Native palmetto weevils causing decline of non-native bismark palm (Bismarkia nobilis)



Easter lubber grasshoppers- a gardener's common pest- causing havoc on non-native variegated asiatic crinum lily (Crinum asiaticum)



Tips for gardeners who want to prune their cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) sensibly



Stephen Brown educating the public on the devastation caused by Australian pine (Casuarina cunninghamiana)



Your presenter brings awareness to giant leather fern (Acrostichum danaeifolium). This type of fern thrives in wet soils and has an remarkable tolerance for salinity where many ferns do not. It is found in brackish and freshwater marshes, swamps, river floodplains. In this picture, it has been eradicated by disease. Photos courtesy of Stephen Brown.


The program brings awareness to leaf spots caused by Alternaria alternata- an opportunistic fungal pathogen which has been recorded causing leaf spot and other diseases on over 380 host species of plants. In this picture, it is causing disease in our beloved, easy-to-grow native beach dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis). Alternaria can cause upper respiratory tract infections and asthma in humans with compromised immunity. Photos courtesy of Stephen Brown.


The program brings awareness to the railroad vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae). The vine diseased and infected with non-beneficial insencts. This vine is typically selected to be an excellent groundcover in an informal dry yard. In nature, it is an important stabilizer of beach dunes. Railroad vine makes a great choice for yards that are primarily sand and difficult to alter.



Your presenter brings awareness to fusarium, a very common fungal pathogen that is a large family of filamentous fungi. In this picture, it is affecting our native fakahatchee grass (Tripsacum dactyloides). The disease is killing this grass due to some type of environmental stress. Most fusarium species are harmless but some species produce mycotoxins in cereal crops that can affect human and animal health if they enter the food chain. Photos courtesy of Stephen Brown.



Your presenter brings awareness to wax myrtle (Morella cerifera). This small tree/large shrub is diseased and infected with Lobate lac scales (Paratachardina pseudolobata). This small tree is typically selected to be a preferred specimen known to withstand hurricanes and storm-force winds. In nature, it's a good wildlife cover. Seeds are eaten by birds. It's also the larval host for banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) and red-bandedhairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) butterflies. The lobate lac insect is known to feed on more than 300 plant species. It's origin is still unknown. It reproduces parthenogenetically (all female, self-reproducing). Photos courtesy of Stephen Brown.



Your presenter brings awareness to laurel wilt on red bay (Persea borbonia). Laurel wilt disease is a vascular disease caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola, which is transmitted by the invasive redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus. The disease affects and kills members of the laurel family. The avocado is perhaps the most commercially valuable plant affected by laurel wilt. Photos courtesy of Stephen Brown.



New website coming! Tarflower's website will have a new, updated look for the new year! Our site will be temporarily down begining November 8th. For access to Tarflower online, please visit our Facebook page for all types of updates and communications. We will be back with you real soon!


New to native plants? Check out this awesome short film with noted authors Dr. Craig Heugel and Dr. Roger Hammer ☺


The Tarflower Chapter serves Orlando and Orange County


Chapter meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7p.m. at HARRY P. LEU GARDENS (1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. For directions, visit their website or call 407-246-2620, option 1).

Published on  Oct 22, 2017