September Happenings at the Tarflower Chapter
Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m on first Tuesday of the month at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
The Tarpaper
Tarflower Chapter
Florida Native Plant Society

September 2018 
Our mission is to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

September 4th, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Peggy Lantz

Native Plants in the Kitchen


      We welcome back legacy Tarflower member, Peggy Lantz to tell us all about using native plants in the kitchen! Last year, Peggy's talk filled the room with over 140 guests attending!
     A native Floridian, Peggy Lantz is a Florida Master Naturalist, musician, horseman, leathercrafter, outdoors woman, editor and author. Her publications reflect her many interests. Most recently she published the very popular 'Florida's Edible Wild Plants' which highlights our native plants and their uses in the kitchen. She served as editor of the Florida Native Plant Society’s publications and its magazine, The Palmetto, for 15 years, and as editor of Florida Audubon Society’s magazine,
      The Florida Naturalist. Ms. Lantz lives in Woodsmere in west Orange County, Florida, in the community settled by her grandfather in 1914. She is a legacy member of the Florida Native Plant Society.
In This Issue
September Program
Monthly Articles
Tarflower Board Members
October Speaker
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September Field Trip:
Solo Field Trips at any state park of your choice!

This is your chance to choose any natural area to explore on behalf of the Tarflower chapter! Visit one of our many state parks and share your experience and photos with John Guziejka at for your story to be featured in the October Tarpaper.
Happy exploring!

September 22nd
Pull and Propagate Workshop at 1821 Amherst Ave, Orlando 32804

Amanda Martin is hosting a workshop all about propagation. We will be mixing soil for native seedlings found in the landscape. Identifying and collecting seeds from mature plants, and preparing cuttings for you to take home. We'd love to see more native plants in your landscape. Plant the seeds of tomorrow, today!

Monthly Articles

Tosohatchee Announcement  
by: Cecie Catron


    Hear ye, all nascent and fully-flowering nature photographers! Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area in east Orange County is creating a photographic collection of the flowers of all species of plants and their locations in Tosohatchee Wild Management Area, a flower-based census. Any FNPS member may take a clear photo of a flower in Tosohatchee WMA identify the general location... and send the image & location to If you went on the field trip to Tosohatchee in July, send any clear pictures you would like to share. Tarflower will check for correct identification and send them to Tosohatchee staff for possible inclusion in the wildflower collection. Another way to contribute would be to upload the image directly to iNaturalist; Tosohatchee WMA project

    Tosohatchee is known to have a very large number of species. It will be interesting to see a definitive pictorial catalog of the kinds and amount of species found there throughout the year. If you have questions about the project, contact Amanda Martin at

Seminole State Forest Field Trip
by: Pete Dunkelberg

    Sixteen of us gathered at the north entrance of the Forest in the morning. Ralph Risch, our excellent leader for the day, gave us an introduction to the Forest and safety review. Then we piled into four cars cars and followed Ralph’s truck into the woods.
   Our first stop was to see  a patch of Michaux’s orchids (Habenaria quinqueseta). They weren’t quite ready to bloom, but this was my first time seeing the species and I was glad to see them. This is a very nice orchid with flowers two or three times the size of our other Habenaria spp.
   Our next stop in the forest was to see a population 500 or more of the giant orchid Orthochilus ecristatus. Only a very few large populations of this orchid are known, and the patch we saw will be the subject of an experiment in fire ecology after they are all up and counted. As Ralph explained, the area had been prepared for grazing not long before being  purchased by the state. The preparation including ploughing and then herbiciding, then bahia grass was seeded in. Almost no native plants survived the herbicide except these orchids. Perhaps their underground corms were dormant at the critical time.
    Now we went far across the forest to see a plant that is an old friend to some of us. We first met this plant in 2009 when Ralph led us to a plant he couldn’t identify. We all crowded around it, but could not name it. Finally, Paul Eisenbrown called former Tarflower president Rick Ehle at home, and they went through the keys together. After a long conversation, Paul and Rick determined that the plant was Sideroxylon (Sidero-xylon, tough wood) rufohirtum.

   Ralph is a very professional guide and he kept us right on schedule to drive to our next special plant, a real treat that I did not know was coming. It was Hasteola robertiorum, perhaps the rarest plant in Florida. It has been found only in two places in our state and no where else in the world. We found several Hasteola plants and a burrowing crayfish that had come to the surface after the rain. There was some confusion about what the plant was, due to the unhelpful “common” name assigned to it. It is an aster.
    After meeting and photographing Hasteola, we were soon back at the north entrance where we started. Eleven of us went on to a tasty lunch at the Shady Oak restaurant overlooking the St Johns River. 

Photo Credits:
Orchid: Mary Keim
Hasteola: Cecie Catron
Crayfish: Mary Keim
Lunch: John Hall
Seminole County Rural Boundary Update 

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Backyard Wilderness' Youth Bioblitz

Article and photos by: Amanda Martin
     The South trail branch of the Orange county library system contacted Tarflower a few weeks ago regarding a practice youth bioblitz. The goal was to lead 20 or so elementary aged children through a natural area and allow them to practice identification skills. Each group was issued an ipad loaded with the app iNaturalist, to upload images we found laying about. The event was sponsored by a company who helped create an iMax movie (link:  about Backyard Wilderness.

      A big part of backyard wilderness is being able to explore. More time spent in natural environments creates an opportunity to experience, understand, and begin to appreciate the wonder which arises from these observations. Citizen science projects like this allow for instant documentation of these observations and we all collectively gain from a running inventory of what is here and what is disappearing. FNPS continues to be an organization offering guidance in the field, helping these young explorers shape our tomorrow. 



Backyard Biodiversity Day

By Cecie Catron

     Backyard Biodiversity Day is at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park on Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. BBD is a celebration of the natural outdoors in your local backyard, and presents ideas to make it even more fun and delightful.

     Here's the chance to be introduced to the Garden on family friendly Fall hikes lead by birding experts, edible plant foragers, bug and reptile experts. Songbirds, ducks and raptors like Red-tailed Hawks migrate through the park in October, stopping in Winter Park for the winter, or on their way to warm homes in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Howell Creek in Mead Garden is one of the best places in the city to see them and wading birds that live there all year. Birds wake up at dawn, so come to the birding hike which starts at 8:00 am, before BBD officially begins at 9:00. (By 9:00 they're are not as active as when they were looking for breakfast at 8:00. It's easier to find them when they move around.) Fall flowers will be in bloom. Weather is sunny and dry and, global warming permitting, a perfect day to be outside under comfortably shady trees.

     Please reach out if you'd like to join us as a volunteer. We will need help handing out fliers and contacting local publications to encourage others to save the date.

Tarflower Board Update

  • Tarflower chapter FNPS finds an art ambassador! Jenn Benner is a ceramicist in the Orlando area, works with ArtReach Orlando and has been a native plant enthusiast for several years now. Her garden is growing, and she has been sharing her journey on Facebook. Inspired by her garden, Jenn has created some native bee pendants [shown below] and contributes to Tarflower Chapter a percentage of revenue from her native plant art. It's exciting when local artists are inspired to create! Jenn B. New Art ambassador for the Tarflower chapter, is open to artistic outreach events that include biodiversity plantings as an act of mindfulness, clay-creation for the garden workshops, and perhaps, maybe, some-what-a-little-bit bringing some literary poetry to our Tarpaper. Welcome Jenn! If you'd like to contact her directly about local art or FNPS art activities, email


  • Mead Garden Sandhill enhancement area needs some love. If you are interested in helping us weed on a weekend, please let us know. Email
President - Amanda Martin
1st Vice-President (Programs) - Mandy Morgan
2nd Vice-President (Events) - Mike Duffy
Treasurer - Jennifer Ferngren
Secretary - John Guziejka

October Speaker:   Rufino Osorio

To contribute to the Tarpaper, contact John Guziejka, email
For general questions and inquiries about Tarflower happenings, contact Amanda Martin at
352-219-5381 or email.

See the events calendar for details of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Whether you have an hour or a day, and no matter your skills, Tarflower Chapter has a place for you!
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  • Annual Conference discount (Held in May of each year)
  • Native plant gardening and landscaping tips from your chapter volunteers!
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