Director of Cayes Botanic Garden Visits Fairchild and Botanical Institutions of Miami

Friday, October 18, 2013

Between October 17-20, William Cinea, Director of the Botanic Garden of Cayes (Haiti) visited us. During this visit he was hosted by Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchild Faculty). The main aim of this visit was to review the results of a project pertinent to conservation biology of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana. This species is restricted to a single population in southern Haiti and it is being funded by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. During this visit Mr. Cinea also met with our herbarium curator Dr. Brett Jestrow and with colleagues from the Montgomery Botanical Center (Dr. Chad Husby) and from FIU College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. Mike Maunder, currently Interim Director of The Kampong Gardens from the National Tropical Botanic Garden). Our gratitude to The Kampong Gardens for arranging lodging for William in its guest house. Image above: left (Dr. Brett Jestrow), right (Mr. William Cinea).

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