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The Cliff Date Palm – Phoenix rupicola

Date palms are littered throughout the central Florida landscape.  While not native, they are certainly ubiquitous and have adapted well to Florida’s climate.  I’ve often wondered how the original specimens were introduced.  Perhaps it was a plant pioneer like David Fairchild or Henry Nehrling.  These palms certainly occupy an important part of Florida’s landscape, particularly […]

Vol 8.2

MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER: One of the great joys of all palm lovers is visiting palms in habitat. This is why the International Palm Society Biennial meetings are so memorable. This exhilaration clearly resonates with our mandate of palm and habitat preservation. The Southern California desert hosts the only palm native to the western United States […]

#GivingTuesday

The IPS supports palm education, research and conservation. Through grants to individuals from the Endowment Fund, the IPS furthers education and research-based conservation. You can read about some of our grant recipients by clicking here. #GivingTuesday While the IPS runs fundraising all year, #GivingTuesday is a special one for us. #GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing […]

Litter-Trapping Palms

One of the cruel ironies of the Tropics is that the soils that support magnificent rainforests are notoriously infertile. If tropical soils are so nutrient-poor, how can they support such diverse, towering forests? The paradox of rich and complex forests growing on infertile land was not resolved until the mid-twentieth century, when ecologists shed light […]

Your IPS Endowment Fund at work

The following notes from Endowment Award recipients illustrate some of the progress made in palm research, education and conservation with support from the IPS. Dr. Roxaneh S. Khorsand, Department of Biology, University of Northern Colorado, USA. “While I was a graduate student, I had support from the IPS to study the reproductive biology of Mauritia […]