Between May 10 and June 5 FIU-FTBG Graduate Student and Coordinator of Conservation of The National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic Mrs. Rosa Rodríguez, performed field work in the Dominican Republic to collect samples for conservation genetic studies of Pseudophoenix species found in this country. The project focused on the Hispaniolan endemic P. vinifera, the Caribbean endemic P. sargentii, and what appears to be a distinct morphological form from northern Dominican Republic. Rosa Rodríguez also sampled material for future anatomical studies. Botanists Mr. Teodoro Clase and Mr. Alberto Veloz from The National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic joined and helped Rosa during these field studies. The logistics of the trip were coordinated by Mr. Francisco Jiménez, Head of the Botany Department of this botanic garden. A total of 12 populations (over 270 individuals) were sampled and they will provide the core of Rosa's research. The study is being funded by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden research funds. In December 2012 the Montgomery Botanical Center supported Rosa's initial field studies, they aimed to identify the main populations to be included in this project. Images below. Top left: Teodoro Clase processing samples for anatomical studies. Top right: Individuals of P. vinifera growing in Jimana, near the border with Hati. Bottom localities visited during the field studies. Number of sampled plants indicated in brackets.
Between May 28th and June 6th, a team of botanists and horticulturists from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center travelled to Oahu to collect plants from cultivation. Over 200 accession of seeds and cuttings were collected at the following gardens: Honolulu Botanical Gardens (from Foster Botanical Garden, Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden, and Koko Crater Botanical Garden), University of Hawaii (from the Manoa Campus and Lyon Arboretum), and Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Images below: Top row, left: Hibiscus waimeae (Malvaceae) from Foster Botanic Garden, right: Syzygium malaccense (Myrtaceae) from Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden. Bottom row: from left to right: Mashuri Waite (Director of Horticulture and Grounds, the Lyon Arboretum), Chad Husby (Living Collection Manager and Botanist, Montgomery Botanical Center), Brett Jestrow (Herbarium Curator, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden), and Jason López (Living Collection Manager, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden).