Supplementary data for
AUSTRALIAN PALMS: JOHN LESLIE DOWEThe book ‘Australian Palms: Biogeography, Ecology and Systematics’, written by MBC Fellow, Dr. John Leslie Dowe, of James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, has been published by CSIRO Publishing. With over 300 pages and with 320 color photos, it is an updated and completely revised account dealing with the 60 palm species that are indigenous to
Association with MBC
Commencing with the Hurricane Andrew
in the mid 1990s, Dr. Dowe has had a long association with MBC. During
he engaged in extensive field-work in
One of the remote
Australian palm populations visited by Dr. Dowe during
his research involving the Australian palms: Livistona rigida in the spectacular
Lawn Hill Gorge,
provides a green oasis in the semi-arid monsoonal area of north-western
Dr. Dowe has been an MBC Fellow since
2005, and has visited
MBC on a yearly basis since then. As well as using the MBC living
Australian palms for additional research materials for the book, Dr.
collaborated with Dr. Patrick Griffith and Dr. Larry Noblick on a
projects, primarily involving the impacts of hurricanes on palms and
on the morphological variation in Sabal
Sabal palmetto at
Werner-Boyce Salt Spring State Park, Pasco County, Florida, one of the
populations that was studied in the leaf morphology research project in
collaboration with Dr. Larry Noblick.
Supplementary data for the Australian Palms book is hosted on the MBC website
The supplementary data consist of lists of about 1650 herbarium specimens that were examined in the course of compiling species descriptions and formulating ecological and distributional data for the Australian Palms book. The data are included in two files: File 1 includes the specimens arranged by genus and species in alphabetical order. The lists tabulate data on collector, collector’s number, date, location, herbaria, and publication information about currently used names and synonyms. Please note that dates are in this order, yyyymmdd, and that altitudinal measurements are in meters. Herbarium acronyms and other abbreviations, used in these lists, are explained in the Glossary in the book.
The type specimens for currently used names are highlighted in bold type, whilst specimens of synonyms whose names are based on different types to the currently used names, are in blue type. Each genus is listed in a separate sheet in File 1. File 2 is a single list of the specimens, arranged by collector’s name rather than by genus, but the data are identical to that included in File 1.
Supplementary data for Australian Palms