|Coccoloba Chapter FNPS||
Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
(covering mostly Lee County, Florida)
Beginning in February 16, 2016, we will be moving our meeting date to the THIRD TUESDAY of each month.
Our meetings will move to Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Chapter Meetings (open to the public)
February 16 at 7 pm at Wa-Ke Hatchee Rec Center- Mike Barry talks about Climate Reality in Southwest Florida
March 15 at 7 pm at Wa-Ke Hatchee Rec Center - Jonathan Meyer describes Gopher Tortoises and the Native Plants that Sustain them
April 19 at 7 pm at Wa-Ke Hatchee Rec Center - Dr. Dexter Sowell speaks about the Perils of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker
In May, we'll have our annual picnic
We will continue meeting through the summer again to continue learning from our fantastic speakers.
American White Waterlily
by Jim Rodwell
The American White Waterlily, Nymphaea odorata, is an aquatic floating plant of the family Nymphaeaceae. It is a perennial herb that grows from a submerged rhizome. The White Waterlily does not have true stems rather it has leaf stalks that grow directly from the rhizome. These leaf stalks support floating circular leaves 4 to 12 inches in diameter. Leaves are shiny green on the surface and purple underneath. There is a triangular cleft that extends from the leaf margin to almost the center of the leaf.
An erect flower stalk holds a solitary flower several inches above the surface of the water. The flower has a calyx of four sepals that support a corolla of several lanceolate petals in two or three whorls. Petals are usually white that occasionally exhibit a pinkish tinge. At the center of the corolla is a ring of several male stamens that surround and cover a female pistil. The stamen’s filaments are bright yellow. Diameter of the flower is about 6 to 8 inches. This showy flower is quite fragrant hence the name odorata.
The White Water Lily is common throughout Florida where it is found in ponds, slow streams, ditches, lakes and marshes
The specimen in the picture was found in a roadside swale alongside the Coconut Point Mall.
Did You Know?
Through native plant sales and grant plantings, the Coccoloba chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has provided over 100,000 trees to Lee County over the past decade.
Special thanks to CHNEP for helping with so many of our educational projects to fulfill our mission of preserving, conserving and restoring native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida
Another new and exciting class is Landscaping Naturally. Participants will learn guidelines for low-maintenance yet beautiful landscapes. Click the button to register for the class at Bonita Springs City Hall
Another new and exciting class is Landscaping Naturally. Participants will learn guidelines for low-maintenance yet beautiful landscapes. Click the button to register for the class at MW Horticulture Recycling
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