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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.

Please attend our monthly program meetings: 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 take home a few native plants with a donation to the childrens Eco Camp!



Our regional program in Orlando with a very special (and rarely seen) presenter!

Leu Gardens: 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 @ 6:30pm

Click here to view details on Facebook OR MeetUp

Rufino Osorio is the author of the well-received book A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. This was among the first books to promote native plants for home landscapes.

Mr. Osorio has had an avid interest in growing plants since he was five years old and this interest was sparked when his first grade teacher had the class sow lentil seeds in the children's left-over cafeteria milk cartons. He has a special interest in native wildflowers and has been growing native wildflowers, first in Illinois and later in Florida, since his early 20s.

The lecture is titled Florida Native Wildflowers and Serendipity. In his talk, he will recount his experiences, over a 30-year period, of growing Florida native wildflowers and will include various tips and tricks of interest to both beginning and advanced native plant gardeners.

The talk will have a special focus on the various happy coincidences (serendipity) which have lead to Mr. Osorio acquiring a large collection of unusual and diverse wildflowers. And there will be interesting accounts of his finding native wildflowers, including some of which were new county records, in unlikely urban areas such as parking lots and in the landscape plantings of his employer.

Cuplet Fern is pleased to have Rufino present to our community. Free admission. Donations towards Youth Eco-Camp welcomed and encouraged at the registration desk! Small selection of locally grown native plants also available for purchase.


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

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

Time: 9am 

Point of Contact: Beth Jackson-Perez 

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.
Wear long pants and hiking boots. 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.) 


LATEST SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY: Native Love Vine (Cassytha filiformis) parasitises on galls

In a native scrub habitat in southern Florida, USA (27°1’ 39.9648’’ N;
80°6’ 33.444’’ W), scientists discovered the parasitic love vine, Cassytha filiformis (Lauraceae), attacking two species of gall-forming cynipid wasps on the sand live oak, Quercus geminata (Fagaceae). This is the first report of a parasitic plant directly attacking an insect-induced plant structure that negatively impacts the insects’ fitness and/or survival.

Click here for the article!


OCTOBER 2nd PROGRAM:  6:30pm, Leu Gardens, Orlando

Interchapter special program with Rufino Osorio


ONGOING: Controversial development ruling ahead transgressing rural borders in Seminole County. Click on the video for info. Contact your local representative today or Channel 13 Spectrum (Jerry Hume) and share your thoughts with them.






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  
Publicity Jan Mangos  
Website Mark Kateli  
Website (advisory) Ken Bell  
Youth Eco Camp Ambassador Barbara Whittier  


Published on  15.09.2018