Dr. Larry Noblick, MBC Palm Biologist, performed conservation and research fieldwork in Belize during March, working with biologists from Belize Botanic Gardensand Green Hills Botanical Collections. Belize is known to have a very diverse palm flora, with an especially large number of genera relative to the geographic area. Many populations in Belize are of biogeographic significance, as they represent range limits for species or genera. Of particular interest for this work was Pseudophoenix, which reaches its southwestern limit in one population of Pseudophoenix sargentii in Northern Belize.
The Paul Drummond Fund was established at Montgomery Botanical Center to honor the life and work of Paul Drummond, past president of the International Palm Society and lifelong palm enthusiast. Paul Drummond’s legacy of cultivating and sharing palm species remains a lasting legacy.