May 2024 Newsletter

Pink Crustacean Edition This issue includes a 24-hour palm ramble in South Florida. A few IPS members were invited to a “Great Palm Giveaway,” hosted by our friends at the Palm Beach Palm & Cycad Society. This annual event was convened at the Mounts Botanical Garden, and everyone went home with a plethora of palms. You’ll […]

April 2024 Newsletter

Palm Pilgrimage Edition Today is International Palm Day. A consortium of palm botanists and conservationists created International Palm Day (IPD) to honor Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, Professor of Botany and director of the Royal Botanic Garden in Munich. The date chosen was Martius’ birthday, April 17 (1794). April 17 also happens to be the […]

March 2024 Newsletter

My Favorite Island Edition (or) Only a Dodo Wouldn’t Like Mauritius! This month’s issue features a trip to Mauritius Island, located in the Indian Ocean, where we find the world’s rarest palm, the only living individual of Hyophorbe amaricaulis. This issue also includes an article about the Black River Gorges National Park, International Palm Day […]

[webinar recording] Ecology of the Mazri Palm

Watch it again! The Mazri palm – Nannorrhops ritchieana (Griff.) Aitch., is native to Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. This webinar will explore the ecology, socioeconomic, and management of Mazri Palm in this unique region. I will focus on its provisioning ecosystem service and maximum demand, which is a dramatic threat to its […]

February 2024 Newsletter

Changes in Latitude Edition This month’s issue features part two of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where our editor stumbled upon – and got lost in(!) – the South Florida Palm Society (SFPS) plant sale. Also included in this issue are a Save the Species update, upcoming travel with the IPS, and a highlight of […]

January 2024 Newsletter

Goin’ Back to Miami Edition This month’s issue features the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Soon to turn ninety, the FTBG is revered by the IPS, having hosted four of our first five biennials. Also included in this issue is an introduction to the Brazilian Palm Society – Sociedade Brasileira de Palmeiras (SBP), which was founded […]

December 2023 Newsletter

Have a Holly Palmy Christmas Edition In this month’s issue, you’ll find our annual look back at favorite palm pictures from the past year. Also included is an important update from Dr. Bill Baker about the 2023 Save the Species project. Learn what he has uncovered from his two-week reconnaissance mission to the Comoro Islands. […]

November 2023 Newsletter

Alms for Palms Edition Save the Species 2023 The historic Palm House at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, a World Heritage Site, is regarded as the most significant surviving glasshouse from the 19th Century. It currently houses and displays several im-perilled palm species, including Ravenea moorei, which originates from the Comoro Islands. This elegant species is […]

[webinar recording] ‘The Glory of the Gardens’: Palms and the Making of Kew

Watch it again! The nineteenth-century fascination with palms finds its ultimate expression in the Palm House at Kew. Kate Teltscher explores the Victorian notion that palms were the noblest of all plants, far surpassing European vegetation in beauty, scale, abundance, and utility. Supplying every necessity of life and endless trading opportunities, palms signified a range […]