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The Florida Native Plant Society's mission is "to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida." The Society has 37 chapters located throughout the state where anyone with an interest in plants and gardening is invited to join.


Society Newsletters

The Society publishes The Palmetto, a quarterly magazine for all members of the Florida chapters. The archives are searchable by plant name, author or title of article. You must become a member to receive current issues. Some of the chapters also have their own newsletter.

A Native of Florida

Florida lady's nightcap, Bonamia grandiflora
Photo courtesy of FlickrCC/Jackson Apure

Florida lady's nightcap, Bonamia grandiflora, is an endemic plant of Florida. This delicate trailing vine grows in the white sands of the Ocala National Forest. Read more about it in the USDA's Atlas of Florida Plants.

Recommended Reading

Historical Notes

From the book The Curious Mister Catesby.

Little correspondence remains of the English naturalist Mark Catesby (1682 –1749) but the specimens he collected and illustrations he painted are still referenced today. He began his career by connecting to a network of respected and informed botanists in order to finance his expeditions to the New World.  In the early 1700s he traveled to Virginia and began a four year survey of the area which secured his place in this network of likeminded individuals. In 1743 he published the volume, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and Bahama Islands.  For an in-depth look at his life and travels please see the recently published The Curious Mister Catesby.