The Astonishing World of Tropical Plants

Marie Nock

Well-Known Member
Meeting January 26. 2015

The Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society presents Dr. Scott Zona who will speak on The Astonishing World of Tropical Plants on Monday, January 26th at 7:30 pm. The meeting will take place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL in the Corbin Building.

Dr. Zona will present an illustrated survey of the evolutionary processes that gave rise to the explosion of plants we see in the tropics. He will introduce the audience to the wonders of tropical plants, especially the evolutionary adaptations that go unnoticed by the majority of human eyes. He will focus on plants going about the business of living, showing how they grow, defend themselves from predators and reproduce. The stories involve sex and violence, victory and defeat, subterfuge and self-promotion.

Dr. Zona, a tropical botanist, is Florida International University’s Conservatory and Greenhouse Curator. He has explored for plants in more than 20 countries throughout the Western Pacific, Caribbean, Central and South America and continental U.S. He has over 140 publications, both scientific and popular, on palms, bryophytes and other tropical plants.

There is no admission fee and the public is invited to attend this presentation. There will be plants for Raffle provided by Sally and Frank Tastinger (Fantastic Ferns) and refreshments will be served. For more information please visit or call 305 232-2257.