Dr. Larry Noblick

Palm Biologist

305-667-3800 ext. 104

Montgomery Botanical Center

11901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156 USA

Dr. Larry Noblick has worked at Montgomery Botanical Center since 1994.  He formerly worked as their Collections Manager/Palm Specialist and is now their dedicated Palm Biologist. He is a botanical explorer who has discovered, described, and brought many new palm species back to Montgomery.

Larry has worked on plant or floristic surveys, collections management, herbarium curation, and general research projects, recently completing a major revision of Syagrus, a large genus of important South American palms.

Larry’s academic activity has been in plant taxonomy and systematics and plant conservation focused on palms from South America, especially those related to the coconut palm.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science in Botany
Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science in Biological Conservation (Wildlife Management)
Ohio State University

Publications & Research

Selected Recent Research

Noblick, L. R. 2018. Syagrus guaratingensis, a New Species from Bahia, Brazil. Palm 62(2):77-86.

Griffith, M. P., M. Calonje, A. W. Meerow, J. Francisco-Ortega, L. Knowles, R. Aguilar, F. Tut, V. Sanchez, A. Meyer, L. R. Noblick, and T. M. Magellan. 2017. Will the ex situ protocols give similar results for closely related species? Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-017-1400-2.

Noblick L.R. 2017. Key to Syagrus identification using leaflet margin anatomy: Supplement to “A revision ofSyagrus (Arecaceae).” PhytoKeys 81: 19-46.

Noblick, L.R. 2017. Voanioala, Beccariophoenix, and Ravenea at Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 211: 12–19.

Noblick, L. R. 2017. A revision of the genus Syagrus (Arecaceae). Phytotaxa 294(1):1-262.

Freitas, C., A. W. Meerow, J-C. Pintaud, A. Henderson, L. Noblick, F. R. C. Costa., C. E. Barbosa, D. Barrington. 2016. Phylogenetic analysis of Attalea (Arecaceae): insights into the historical biogeography of a recently diversified Neotropical plant group. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12466.

Noblick, L. R. 2016. Copernicia at Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 210:20-30.

Stauffer, F., L. Rametta, E. Ferreira, and L. Noblick. 2016. Lectotipificacion de los nombres descritos por J. Barbosa Rodrigues en la obra “Palmae novae Paraguayenses.” Candollea 71: 105-115.

Vianna, S. A., S. M. Carmelo-Guerreiro, L. R. Noblick, and C. A. Colombo. 2016. Anatomy of Acrocromia (Arecaceae): an additional contribution to the taxonomic resolution of a genus with great economic potential. Plant Syst. Evol. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-016-1369-4.

Noblick, L. R. and A. W. Meerow. 2015. The transfer of the genus Lytocaryum to Syagrus. Palms 59: 57-62.

Noblick, L. R. 2015. Butia: what we think we know about the genus. The Palm Journal 208: 5-23.

Meerow, A. W., L. Noblick, D. E. Salas-Leiva, V. Sanchez, J. Francisco-Ortega, B. Jestrow, and K. Nakamura. 2014. Phylogeny and historical biogeography of the cocosoid palms (Arecaceae, Arecoideae, Cocoseae) inferred from sequences of six WRKY gene family loci. Cladistics. Doi: 10.1111/cla.12100.

Noblick, L. R. & R. Graveson. 2014. Announcing the Arrival of Nypa fruticans Fruit in St. Lucia. Palms 58: 101-102.

Noblick, L. R., H. Lorenzi, and V. C. Souza. 2014. Four new taxa of acaulescent Syagrus (Arecaceae) from Brazil. Phytotaxa 188(1): 001–013.

Griffith M. P., E. Witcher, L. Noblick, and C. Husby. 2013. Palm stem shape correlates with hurricane tolerance, in a manner consistent with natural selection. Palms 57: 115-122.

Martel, C., L. Noblick, and F. W. Stauffer. 2013. An anatomical character to support the cohesive unit ofButia species. Palms 57(1): 30-35.

Noblick, L. R. 2013. Leaflet anatomy verifies relationships within Syagrus (Arecaceae) and aids in identification. PhytoKeys 26: 75–99.

Noblick, L. R. 2013. Syagrus – an overview. The Palm Journal 205: 4-32.

Noblick, L. R. 2013. Syagrus stenopetala, a good species. Palms 57: 147-149.

Noblick, L. R., W. J. Hahn, and M. P. Griffith. 2013. Structural cladistic study of Cocoseae, subtribe Attaleinae (Arecaceae): Evaluating taxonomic limits in Attaleinae and the neotropical genus Syagrus. Brittonia 65(2): 232-261.

Husby, C.,L. Danielson, L. Noblick, P. Griffith, and A. Strader. 2012. Coccothrinax at the Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 202:12-19.

Noblick, L.R. 2012. Identifying Coccothrinax. The Palm Journal 202: 4-11.

Noblick, L. R. 2012. Exploring for Palms in French Guiana. Palms 56: 116-130.


Full List of Research

Noblick, L. R. 2012. Syagrus x mirandina, a naturally occurring hybrid of S. coronata and S. microphylla. Palms. 57-60.

Noblick, L. R. 2011. Coccothrinax barbadensis, new for Montserrat. Palms 55: 46-47.

Noblick, L. R. 2011. Validation of the name Butia odorata. Palms 55: 48-49.

Griffith P., A. Strader, T. Magellan, and L. Noblick. 2011. Roystonea and Pseudophoenix: essential palms at Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 196: 9-11.

Leitman, P., A. Henderson, and L. Noblick. 2010. Arecaceae. Pp. 665-675 in R. Campostrini Forzza et al. 2010. Catálogo de plantas e fungos do Brasil – Volume 1. Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

Lorenzi, H., L. R. Noblick, F. Kahn, and E. Ferreira. 2010. Brazilian flora Lorenzi: Arecaceae (Palms). Instituto Plantarum, Nova Odessa.

Noblick, L. R. and H. Lorenzi. 2010. Lytocaryum, including a new species from Bahia, Brazil Palms 54: 5-17.

Noblick, L. R., and H. Lorenzi. 2010. New Syagrus Species from Brazil. Palms 54:18-42.

Griffith, M. P., I. L. Danielson, C.D. Bacon, and L. R. Noblick. 2010. Pritchardia challenges at the Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 193: 28-30.

Namoff, S., C. E. Husby, J. Francisco-Ortega, L. R. Noblick, C. E. Lewis, and M. P. Griffith. 2010. How well does a botanical garden collection of a rare palm capture the genetic variation in a wild population? Biological Conservation 143:1110-1117.

Noblick, L. R. 2009. Syagrus evansiana, a new palm from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Palms 53(3): 113-118.

Noblick., L. R. 2009. Dr. Sidney Fredrick Glassman (1919–2008). Palms 53: 153-155.

Meerow, A, L. Noblick, J. Borrone, T. Couvreur, M. Mauro-Herrera, W. Hahn, D. Kuhn, K. Nakamura, N. Oleas, R. Schnell. 2009. Phylogenetic Analysis of Seven WRKY Genes Across the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Areceaceae) Identifies Syagrus as Sister Group of the Coconut. PLoS ONE e7353.

Griffith, M. Patrick, John L. Dowe, Larry R. Noblick, I. Laurie Danielson. 2009. Arechontophoenix at Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 102: 12-14.

Noblick, L. R., C. E. Husby, and M. P. Griffith. 2008. The Palm Collection at Montgomery Botanical Center. Public Garden 23: 26-29.

Griffith, M. P., L. R. Noblick, and A. Strader. 2008. Sabal Collections at Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 189: 8-9.

Griffith, M. P., L. R. Noblick, J. L. Dowe,  C. E. Husby and M. A. Calonje. 2008. Cyclone tolerance in New World Arecaceae: Biographic variation and abiotic natural selection. Annals of Botany 102: 591-598.

Pintaud, J-C, G. Galeano, H. Balslev, R. Bernal, F. Brochsenius, E. Fwerreira, J-J. de Granville, K. Meija, G. Millan, M. Moraes, L. Noblick, F. W. Stauffer and F. Kahn. 2008. Las palmeiras de America del Sur: diversidad, distribucion e historia evolutiva. Rev. peru. biol. 15 (supl. 1): 007-029.

Noblick, L. R., M. P. Griffith and L. Danielson.  2006. Montgomery Botanical Center’s Ptychosperma and Veitchia collections. The Palm Journal 183: 16-18.

Noblick, L. R. 2006. The grassy Butia (Arecaceae): two new species and a new combination. Palms 50(4): 167-178.

Noblick, L. R. 2006. The Attalea of Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 185: 12-20

Noblick, L. R. 2005. A Syagrus update. The Palm Journal 179: 5-8.

Noblick, L. R. 2004. Transfer of  Syagrus campicola to Butia. Palms 48(1): 42.

Noblick, L. R. 2004. Syagrus cearensis, a twin-stemmed new palm from Brazil. Palms 48(2): 70-76.

Noblick, L. R. 2004. Syagrus vermicularis, a fascinating new palm from northern Brazil. Palms 48(3): 109-116.

Noblick, L. R. 1998.  Predicting cold hardiness in palms.  Hardy Palm International 35: 30-35.

Noblick, L.R. 1996.  Syagrus.  The Palm Journal 126: 12-44.

Noblick, L. R.  1994.  Morphology and Taxonomy of the Arecaceae (Palmae).  Acta Hort. 360: 19-25.

Noblick, L. R.  1994.  Palms of Bahia.  Acta Hort. 360: 85-93.

Noblick, L. R.  1991 (unpublished).  Indigenous palms of the state of Bahia, Brazil.  Ph.D. dissertation.  Chicago.  523 pp.

Noblick, L. R.  1991.  Reassessment of the Garden’s Syagrus collection.  Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin 47(1): 31-35.

Noblick, L. R.  1986.  Palmeiras das caatingas da Bahia e suas potencialidades econômicas.  Simpósio sobre Caatinga e sua exploração racional, Feira de Santana, Bahia, EMBRAPA, Brasília, pp. 99-116.

Britto, K. B. and L. R. Noblick.  1984.  Herbário da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana.  Anais do XXXIV Congresso Nacional de Botânica.  Vol. II   Comunicações.  Porto Alegre   Rio Grande do Sul, pp. 204-213.

Noblick, L. R. and I. C. Britto.  1984.  Pteridífitas dos arredores de Lamarão do Passé, São Sebastião do Passé., BA.  Sitientibus, Revista da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, 4:  17-28.

Britto, I. C. and L. R. Noblick.  1984.  A importância de preservar as dunas de Itapuã e Abaeté.  Anais do Simpósio sobre Restingas Brasileiras, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 269-273.

Borges, K. N., Noblick, L. R. and M. J. S. Lemos.  1984.  Contribuição a flora medicinal da microrregião de Feira de Santana (BA) I.  Sitientibus, Revista da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, 5: 101-116.

Britto, K. B., I. C. Britto, and Noblick, L. R..  1983. Plantas com atributos antiasmáticos.  Sitientibus, Revista da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana,  2: 7-19.

Britto, I. C., Noblick, L. R. and K. N. Borges.  1983.  Flora com atributos medicinais de Lamarão do Passé., BA.  Anais do Segundo  SiNPRONAT,  Simpósio Natural de Farmacologia e Química de Produtos Naturais,  pp. 301-315.

Noblick, L. R., K. N. Borges and M. J. S. Lemos.  1983.  Levantamento das plantas ornamentais introduzidas no campus da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana.  Sitientibus, Revista da Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, 3:  37-58

Noblick, L. R. 1977.  An annotated list of the herbarium specimens of the Maria Mitchell Association.  Natural Science Department.  Nantucket, Mass., The Rand Press, Boston, 222 pp.

Noblick, L. R. 1974.  Botanical survey of Wahkeena.  Natural History, Informative Series,  4(1): 1-14.

Noblick, L. R. and W. T. Schultz.  1973.  Ferns of Wahkeena.  Ohio Historical Society, 16 pp. illus.

Field Experience

Argentina (2004)

Belize (2009)

Brazil (2017)

(1978-1980, 1982-1986, 1988-1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017)

Dominica (2012)

French Guiana (2012)


Indonesia (1998)

Madagascar (1995 & 2015)

Martinique (2009)


Montserrat (2010)

United Kingdom

New Caledonia (2000)


Paraguay (1996, 2002, 2004)

Peru (2007)

Réunion (1995)


Seychelles (2015)

Senegal (2019)

St. Lucia (2009)

Trinidad & Tobago (2007)

United States (2005, 2015)

Florida, Arizona, California, and Nevada

US Virgin Islands (2015)

United States

Uruguay (2006)

Venezuela (1994)

Service Activities

Board of Directors, The International Palm Society

Palm Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission.

Research Associate, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Reviewer for Palms and Systematic Botany.


American Society for Plant Taxonomy

International Palm Society