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Second Saturday Seminar: Finding Florida’s Lost Orchids With Dennis Giardin...

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Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Dr

Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Description: South Florida is home to the greatest diversity of epiphytic orchids in the United States. Due to habitat destruction and over-collection in the middle of the 20th Century, several orchid species became extremely rare and then disappeared. This presentation will describe an interesting effort to restore four native orchids that were wiped out from Florida, using seeds from the nearest wild populations of the species on the Island of Cuba. For six years a team of biologists from both countries have made expeditions in the mountain forests and lowland swamps of Western Cuba to find Florida’s lost orchids and hopefully, bring them back.

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