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[Volunteer] Monitors for endagered Polk Wildflowers

 


 

The endangered Scrub Lupine, a plant found only on the Winter Haven Ridge in Polk County and the Mt. Dora Ridge in Orange County in a handful of remaining sites, is being monitored this week at Lake Blue Scrub, a 78-acre site managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission near Auburndale.

This is the time of year when seedlings begin to  emerge. The monitoring involves documenting new seedlings as well as the fate of seedlings that emerged last year and any mature plants that may be close to blooming and are beginning to form buds.

The volunteer work is done by the Ridge Rangers, a group coordinated by FWC. The restoration effort is being directed by the staff at Bok Tower, which is involved in the restoration of a number of rare plant species.