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"Saving the Florida Goldenaster" Presented by Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center
Saving the Florida Goldenaster
Join staff from the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center for a virtual visit from Cheryl Peterson, Program Manager of the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens, for a talk on one of Florida's rare, endemic plant species: Chrysopsis floridana, commonly known as Florida Goldenaster.

In the mid-to-late 20th century, Florida goldenaster began disappearing in our state due to habitat loss from land development, to the point that the species' numbers dwindled to less than five populations remaining in west-central Florida. This led to Florida goldenaster becoming listed as an endangered species, both at the state and federal level. All of the populations in Pinellas County were lost prior to this time, but thankfully they have been reintroduced to Weedon Island Preserve, and two additional sites in the county, through the work of the Rare Plant Conservation Program! Peterson will share the history and reintroduction of Florida goldenaster at Weedon Island, in addition to the monitoring efforts for it that continue today.

Affiliated with the National Center for Plant Conservation in St. Louis, MO, Bok Tower Gardens’ Rare Plant Conservation Program was started nearly 30 years ago and has partnered to conserve Florida’s rarest plant species. Cheryl L. Peterson has been the Manager of the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens since 2002. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Microbiology, and a Master's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. At Bok Tower Gardens she works to establish new populations of rare species, including Scrub Lupine (Lupinus aridorum), Florida Goldenaster (Chrysopsis floridana), Brooksville Bellflower (Campanula robinsiae), Clasping Warea (Warea amplexifolia), and Savannas Mint (D. immaculata var. savannarum) onto protected lands.

Mar 23, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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