Treasure Coast Natives is a blog about flora (and occasionally fauna) found in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. These counties lie on the East coast of Florida and are north of Miami. Martin County is part of what is referred to as the “Treasure Coast” due to the number of ships of Spanish galleons wrecked off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Palm Beach and Martin Counties have a vast number of conservation areas which contain almost 1300 non-cultivated plant species. Of this number, 950 are native. Almost every week George, John, and Billy visit an area and search for interesting species.
George is George Rogers. He received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Michigan and did postdoctoral work at Harvard. He serves as chairman of the Horticulture Department at Palm Beach State College and is a practicing plant taxonomist who contributes occasionally to the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States.
John is John Bradford. He is an avid naturalist, amateur taxonomist, and photographer.
Billy is Billy Cunningham. He is a third generation Floridian who remembers these counties when the habitat was in a little more pristine condition. He provides historical perspective to our trips.
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