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

Cuplet Fern

Serving all of Seminole County

Cuplet Fern Chapter is one of 37 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) chapters throughout the state.
Our chapter was established January 2010.

Each local chapter has a Board of Directors and a chapter representative who participates in the state-wide Council of Chapters (COC) which is represented at the state level Board of Directors.  All chapters have a similar format of meeting/programs and field trips which are free and open to the general public.  However, each chapter may have different project involvement which support the mission of preserving, conserving, and restoring native plants and their plant communities.

Please join us at our monthly meetings and field trips.

Next program meeting is August 13th at 7pm at the Sanford Garden Club: 200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford, FL 32773 

We are a casual group. Pull up a chair, enjoy the program, and support kids with a donation!


SEPT 2018: 'READ AND LEARN' Articles

Win a Special Prize!

At the program meeting, an open-ended question will be asked before the program to the audience pertaining to either publication. The person answering will receive a special prize. In the event of multiple audience members answering the initial question, specific tie-breaker questions will follow until there is an ultimate winner. 

Native Plant of the Month- Leavenworth's Coreopsis, Coreopsis leavenworthiiClick here to read about this pretty wildflower that is endemic to the Southeastern U.S. 

Natural Dyes of Native Plants- Discover dye applications of several native plants- Click here to read this very interesting archived article for the Palmetto

Bonus publication! Not part of your read and learn challenge, but an excellent print-out for coreopsis lovers. Courtesy of the Florida Widlflower Foundation: notice Coreopsis leavenworthii is vouchered from natural habitats in almost all counties across the state.


SEPT 10th PROGRAM: St John's Water District Projects with Dr. Jennifer Mitchell

200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford, FL @ 7pm

Click here to view details on our Facebook event page

Jennifer Mitchell is Public Communications Coordinator with the St. Johns River Water Management District. She is passionate about Florida’s incredible water resources and hopes to spark your interest in what you can do to help protect Florida’s waterways. After earning her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Auburn University, she completed a post-doc at the University of Florida in Soil and Water Science. Because she realizes that greater results will come from more community participation, she now works to spread the message of how individuals can reduce their impact on our waterways.

Established in 1972, the St Johns River Water Management District is an environmental regulatory agency of the state. In this presentation, learn what the district does to accomplish its four missions of providing water quality, water supply, flood protection, and maintaining natural systems.

Cuplet Fern is pleased to have Jennifer present to our community. Free admission. Donations towards Youth Eco-Camp welcomed and encouraged at the meeting! Small selection of locally grown native plants also available for purchase (proceeds go towards Youth Eco-Camp sponsorships)


SEPTEMBER CUPLET FERN FIELD TRIP:  Identification Tips of Native Tree Species in the Field with Dr. Bill Grey. September 15th. Reservations are required.

Above photo courtesy of our friends, Sandra Friend and John Keatley of Florida Hikes

Time: 9am 

Location:  Hickory Bluff Preserve   598 Guise Road, Osteen, Florida 32764

Parking:  By main entrance parking lot

Entrance Fee: None

Further Info:   https://www.volusia.org/services/community-services/parks-recreation-and-culture/land-management/conservation-lands-map/hickory-bluff-preserve.stml  as well as  https://floridahikes.com/hickorybluff

Plant List: https://www.volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/4196/urlt/HPlantList.pdf

The preserve overlooks the St. Johns River and has several different habitats that can be viewed from the trail system: mesic and scrubby flatwoods, cypress domes, oak hammocks, floodplain swamps, and wet prairie. Dr. Grey will lead the hike and point out the different tree species that can be observed and provide identifying characteristics of each tree species observed.

Dress for sunny weather and wet ground. Wear shoes that can get wet.
Bring water, a snack, insect repellent, and sun screen.

RSVP required  for this field trip- email cupletfern@gmail.com for questions. 
(Reservations are usually required for inclement weather or if the field trip leader gets sick, we can call you back and cancel plans.) 


Scrub Plant Rescue and Relocation Help Needed!

Clermont area, August 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th 8am 

Picture Above: Scrub Plum (Prunus geniculata) fruit. A rare photograph of a ripe fruit as they are highly coveted by scrub and sandhill animals. Scrub plum is a sandhill and scrub habitat specialist and widely considered as a hallmark of this beautiful, rapidly vanishing habitat. This plant has a very low recruitment rate- that is, many flowers fail to fruit, many fruit fail to sprout, and many sprouts fail to thrive- which is making them increasingly rare outside of protected habitat. They are slow growers: a 3' tall specimen can be up to 10 years old. It's zigzag bare branches and reddish young leaves make it an interesting, unusual plant. Scrub plums rarely survive transplanting- they have a poorly understood, but critical relationship with soil fungi and bacteria that is likely severed when moved. Photo by Michael Jenkins of Florida Fish and Wildlife out at the Warea Tract, in neighboring Lake County.

Rescue at Castle Hill is back on. The developer has given us permission for the month of August and maybe September to rescue on site. The dates we have established so far are August 9, 16, 23 and 30. The developer is trying to pull permits as we speak, so our time is limited. Other dates may become available.
This is a beautiful Sandhill habitat with a lot of not only common but rare and endangered plants. Previously FNPS members had taken over 4,000 plants from the site which are now all planted at various restoration sites like Lake Louisa State Park, Little Italy (St. John’s River Water Management site west side of Lake Apopka), Oakland Nature Preserve, and other Lake County Parks and Rec and Water Authority sites like Flat Island (near PEAR Park) and Crooked River. All are doing beautifully from our last survey. The terrain is hilly and sandy and will require a lot of walking, hauling, etc. It is August, it will be hot – but the results are so rewarding.
If you wish to participate please send an email to Jackie Rolly at j.y.rolly@att.net and she can provide directions and the possibility of other dates.


Controversial development ruling ahead transgressing rural borders in Seminole County. Click on the video to find out more. Contact your local representative today or Channel 13 Spectrum and share your thoughts with them.




BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF THE MEXICAN BROMELIAD WEEVIL Ronald D. Cave Indian River Research & Education Center Ft. Pierce, FL.




Japanese Climbing Fern Old World Climbing Fern Lygodium japonicum (Thunb.) Lygodium microphyllum (Cav. R. Br.) Lygodiaceae Lygodiaceae by IFAS and FDACS




October 2, 2018 -  Regional FNPS program. 'FL Native Wildflowers and Serendipity' with  renowned author Rufino Osorio
Harry P. Leu Gardens 6:30pm

October 20, 2018 -  Tarflower Chapter's 6th Annual Backyard Biodiversity Day at Mead Gardens

October 27, 2018 -  Environmental Education Event
Sweetwater Oaks

November 3, 2018 -  Renowned author, Ginny Stibolt's Gardening Workshop! At Sanford Chamber of Commerce  Tickets on sale soon!

March 2, 2019 -  Seminole Gardening Expo at the Seminole UF/IFAS Extension Agency More information coming soon!


Your Cuplet Fern Team

President Mark Kateli  
Past President (advisory) Neta Villalobos-Bell  
Vice President Barbara Whittier Send questions and information to:
Membership Christine Brown PO Box 150021
Secretary Christine Brown Altamonte Springs 32715
Treasurer Susan Angermeier cupletfern@gmail.com
Newsletter Kathleen Poole or leave a phone message at
Chapter Representative (interim)     Mark Kateli (352) 658-3677
Director at Large Jim Hoopper  
Director at Large Marion Crim  
Website Mark Kateli  
Website (advisory) Ken Bell  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  


Published on  17.08.2018