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Friends of Little Salt Spring meeting
Jockey Club Community Center
3050 Pan American Blvd.
Friends of Little Salt Spring meeting October 30 Speaker: Biologist and Author, Dr. Craig Huegel “Ecology of the Leafy beaked ladies’-tresses Orchid (Sacoila paludicola) at Little Salt Spring” The Friends of Little Salt Spring will hold their fall meeting October 30 at 7:00 PM at the Jockey Club Community Center, 3050 Pan American Blvd. in North Port. Dr. Craig Huegel, his colleague, Katherine K. McConnell, and orchid experts from Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, initiated a study of the Leafy beaked ladies’-tresses (Sacoila paludicola) orchid population at Little Salt Spring in North Port. Little Salt Spring is home to five ground orchids, one of which, the Leafy beaked ladies’- tresses or Sacoilia paludicola, had never been found north of the Fakahatchee Strand in Collier County. Leafy beaked ladies’-tresses has a very limited distribution and is classified as a state-threatened species. Prior to the discovery of a population of this terrestrial orchid at Little Salt Spring, it had been seen only in southernmost Florida, specifically Collier, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. The researchers discovery of what appears to be the largest population in Florida was a significant range extension and subsequent fieldwork provided some of the only ecological information collected for this rare species. Dr. Huegel’s presentation will be a discussion of this study and the findings of the team. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Allamanda Garden Club and is free and open to the public. For beautiful photographs and an article about this rare orchid by Dr. Huegel in PALMETTO The Quarterly Journal of the Florida Native Plant Society go to: https://www.fnps.org/assets/pdf/palmetto/vol26_no2_huegel.pdf