Plant Exploration on the Island of Mona (Puerto Rico) - Pseudophoenix sargentii

Friday, January 13, 2012

Between January 20 and 23 a team of botanists from Montgomery Botanical Center (Patrick Griffith), Universidad de Puerto Rico (Eugenio Santiago), the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales of Puerto Rico (Jose Sustache), and FIU-Fairchild (Javier Francisco-Ortega) travelled to the Island of Mona to collect seeds of the palm Pseudophoenix sargentii. The Island of Mona is located between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The species is extremely rare on this island where fewer than 50 individuals were located. This plant hunting expedition was funded with a grant from the International Palm Society. Image on the right: From left to right: Jose Sustache, Javier Francisco-Ortega, Eugenio Santiago, and Patrick Griffith) on the base of the old lighthouse of Mona. On the bottom left: individuals of P. sargentii being tagged for morphological studies. On the bottom right: aerial view of Island of Mona.