Welcome to our Mission

The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to preserve, conserve, and restore the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Mission

Members make
FNPS happen

FNPS is run by members.
Please join and participate.

Join FNPS

It's all about Native Plants

Check out our FNPS plant information for your county.

FNPS Plant Info

Attend a Meeting

We have great monthly speakers and many special events. Please come!

Experience Real Florida

Experience field trips led by botanical experts.

Volunteer with Us

Help with plant rescues, plant sales, and help work to save threatened conservation areas.

Park of Honor

The Pawpaw Chapter has a native plant demonstration garden in South Daytona's Park of Honor at 755 Olive St.

Rugel's Roundup

Members participate in citizen science relating to the chapter's namesake plant, Deeringothamnus rugelii. These have involved detailed surveys of the population of this rare plant and colaboration with botanical and conservation institutions on more in-depth research projects.

Petal Pushers

Native plant propagation is the work of the Pawpaw Chapter Petal Pushers who collect seeds and grow natives for distribution to members and the public.

The Pawpaw Chapter is named for the little "Volusia Pawpaw," Deeringothamnus rugelii. Also known as Yellow Squirrel Banana or Rugel's Pawpaw, it is found only in Volusia County. Rugel's Pawpaw is a member of the Annonaceae or Custard family. There are two species in this genus of 'false pawpaws', and both are listed as endangered, have limited ranges, and are found only in Florida. A specific arrangement of soil type, moisture, and fire regimen limit the range of these species. The other false pawpaw species - Deeringothamnus pulchellus - is located in Orange and Charlotte counties and has recently been reclassified (by some) as a subspecies of D. rugelii.

 

The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.