Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
CESI Research Project 04-3
Lygodium microphyllum, is an invasive, nonnative plant that now covers an estimated 300,000 acres of natural areas in central and south Florida. This climbing fern can form a dense canopy which can smother entire forests of native organisms. Like other ferns, L. microphyllum spreads via minute spores. Aided by wind, a single spore can travel great distances and establish the plant in new areas.
This CESI-funded investigation examines the relationship between the dispersal, germination and growth of this species relative to temperature and hydrology. In their final report Philippi & Richards suggest germination is most likely to occur in moist areas during periods of cooler temperatures. The survival of juveniles depends further on areas free from inundation. Monitoring these parameters in the field can help managers focus eradication efforts on those areas most likely to be invaded.
Contact the principal investigator directly with questions about this study.
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Everglades National Park hosts nearly 15,000 students every year on a variety of ranger-guided tours, e-field trips and special events. We look forward to seeing your class soon!