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Updated: 02/22/2018 08:30:03AM

Pygmy Fringe Tree Wildflower Festival

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South Florida State College’s Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) plays host to the Pygmy Fringe Tree Wildflower Festival, a celebration of the region’s native wildflowers, on Thursday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on SFSC’s Highlands Campus, Avon Park.

The festival takes its name from the pygmy fringe tree (Chionanthus pygmaeus), a now rare flowering shrub that grows between 3 and 6 feet tall. The pygmy fringe tree once thrived throughout central Florida. However, farming and development nearly swept it from the region, prompting the federal government to declare it an endangered species in 1987.

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