Montgomery Botanical Center recently hosted Dr. James Mauseth, professor of botany at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mauseth came to study palm anatomy and morphology, and to acquire palm trunk specimens for students of his plant anatomy courses. He presented a seminar, “Cactus Adaptations to Deserts Are More Exotic Than You Think,” on Friday, November 18th.

Dr. Mauseth is a leading plant anatomist, and author of two widely-used undergraduate and graduate textbooks, as well as other books and numerous articles. His input and discussions with MBC’s executive director regarding collections-based natural history research have been very productive.