A research and conservation project involving Montgomery Botanical Center and National Tropical Botanical Garden recently obtained specimens and data for conservation and research. The project focused on native Pritchardia populations. Pritchardia comprises some of the most imperiled palm species in the world.

Christine Bacon recently returned from her 30-day Pritchardia research and conservation expedition in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Christine is a doctoral candidate at Colorado State University, McBryde Graduate Fellow of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and Montgomery Botanical Research Associate.

With generous funding from The Thomas S. Kenan Foundation, Inc., and logistical support from National Tropical Botanical Garden, Christine was able to conduct research at 11 field sites across five islands. The expedition resulted in valuable ex situ material of Pritchardia for Montgomery Botanical’s palm collections.

For a detailed account of the project, please see this report.