Where: Montgomery Botanical Center, Nixon Smiley Building, 11901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156, United States

When: November 8, 2011 from 2:00-3:30pm

Dr. John Leslie Dowe, Adjunct Research Fellow at James Cook University, Townsville, Qld, Australia & Research Fellow at Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida will be presenting a lecture on the Flora of Australia.

Volume 39 of the Flora of Australia was published in July 2011. The project proposes to provide a complete account of the Australian flora, published progressively as individual family treatments are completed. The first volume was published in 1981, and presently about half of the volumes have been completed. Volume 39 contains the treatment of the palms of mainland Australia as well as 16 other monocot families. The presentation will explain the history and background of the Flora of Australia project, and will introduce the Australian palms as well as two other important families that the author has an interest in, the Pandanaceae [Pandans] and the Araceae [Aroids]. The talk will focus on these three families as they occur in Australia, and outline the species and their relationships. Dr. Dowe’s visit to Montgomery Botanical Center is sponsored by the Kelly Foundation, as part of the Kelly Fellows Program, and with the support of the City of Coral Gables.