June Trip to Key West

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June Trip to Key West

Post by edfrank » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:49 pm

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I will be in Key West during the first week in June and can measure the two national champions that are in the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. These may be former champions – but in any case I can remeasure them, as well as some that are supposedly the Florida co-champs or runners up. One of them Locust-berry (Byrsonima lucida) is still listed as champion. The second one - Wild Dilly (Manilkara bahamensis) is not listed in the current National Register at all, even though it is a native species in the Keys. There also are several species that are exotic and not eligible for inclusion on the register. Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) - Honorable Mention to the champion in Florida – this is a non-native species that has become naturalized in the tropics but still appears in the national register. One species whose range is questionable is Guaiacum officinale, commonly known as Roughbark Lignum-vitae, Guaiacwood or Gaïacwood is native to the Caribbean and I believe the Bahamas and could be native to Key West is the Florida champion, but does not appear in the National Register. Other species listed in the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_West_T ... cal_Garden include: Black Olive (Bucida buceras) - Florida Challenger to the national champion champion from Florida. Pongam (Pongamia pinnata) - Florida Challenger to the national champion from Florida.

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Re: June Trip to Key West

Post by Rand » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:19 pm

Considering how miserable this february has been, I'm surprise you're not going Right Now.

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Re: June Trip to Key West

Post by edfrank » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:14 pm

I need to finish fixing up my bus and it is too cold to work on it.
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Re: June Trip to Key West

Post by Joe » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:11 am

Ed, I went there once in the early '70s and was looking for any interesting ecological sites- but it seemed that the entire island was developed. Too bad I missed the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.

But I did see Audubon's house where you can see some of the original work. (the so called elephant portfolios)
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Re: June Trip to Key West

Post by edfrank » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:40 pm

It is funny you say that Joe. I will be travelling in a 30 foot bus converted to an RV. I wanted to just run down after a morning glass bottom boat ride in the upper keys and visit a few sites and head back to John Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo for the night. But there isn't anyplace there I can park the thing while looking around. It turns out my best bet is to get a site at Boyd's Key West Campground and spend the night there. So I will be spending more time in Key West, and this provides me with an opportunity to spend a couple hours touring the garden and measuring a few things. It is a little steep in price, but not horrendous considering the camping fee compared to the combination of parking fees and camping somewhere else for the night.

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Re: June Trip to Key West

Post by Don » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:17 pm

Ed-
What an interesting and ambitious undertaking you have ahead!
It recalls my time in Florida as Hotshot Firefighter, on a training detail from Asheville, NC. Botanically it was a very different world, and much of the vegetation there I had little time to identify. I suspect your RV/bus will have a well-stocked botanical/natural history bookshelf?
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Re: June Trip to Key West

Post by Rand » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:01 pm

edfrank wrote:I need to finish fixing up my bus and it is too cold to work on it.
'Tis a real pity, because the weather forecast for this weekend isn't exactly looking up:
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