Successful Restoration of South Florida Sand Dune Coastal Habitat and Reintroduction of Jacquemontia reclinata

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Restoring habitat is an essential component of species recovery practiced by the South Florida Conservation Team of Fairchild.  These photographs show an amazing contrast between an area in Delray Beach impacted by hurricanes in 2005 and the subsequent robust growth and establishment of the South Florida endemic beach jacquemontia (Jacquemontia reclinata, Convolvulaceae) at the site by 2011.  Sam Wright worked with local landscaper Rob Baron to reintroduce beach jacquemontia to this site in Feb 2005.  The experimental reintroduction is testing whether breeding history of plants will influence survival, reproduction, and population growth.