Exotic Plants and Animals

South Florida's subtropical environment has inspired many people to import plants and animals from other parts of the World. While some of these introductions have enriched our lives, others have had unintended, disastrous effects upon native plants and animals. These articles come from out-of-print HistoryMiami publications.

Early History of Some Plant Immigrants of Southern Florida

by Dr. Margaret J. Mustard.
Update, vol. 1, no. 6 (August 1974)
Tropical fruit introductions include mango, avocado, lychee, papaya, guava and lime trees.

Exotics: Assets or Menaces?

by Zannie May Shipley.
Update, vol. 11, no. 3 (August 1984)
The author looks at some plants and animals that can be downright pesky.

Henry Perrine, Pioneer Horticulturist of Florida

by T. Ralph Robinson.
Tequesta, no. II (1942)
Biographical sketch, description of the Indian Key Massacre, and discussion of his plant introductions to the Keys, especially sisal and limes.

Perrine and Florida Tree Cotton

by T. Ralph Robinson.
Tequesta, no. vii (1947)
Commentary on Henry Perrine's attempt to introduce cotton to the Keys in 1839 and the 1930s-1940s attempt to eradicate Florida Tree Cotton as a host plant for the pink-boll worm.

Random Records of Tropical Florida

by Dr. Henry Perrine.
Tequesta, no. xi (1951)
Concerns Indian Key and environs weather and plant introduction. First published in the Magazine of Horticulture, September 1840.

Some Plant Reminiscences of Southern Florida

by David Fairchild.
Tequesta, no. II (1942)
Botanist Fairchild describes plant introduction in South Florida, 1898-1941. Includes references to Australian Pine, Melaleuca and Fairchild Tropical Garden.