May 2022 Newsletter

Pritchardia in Hawaii: Pritchardia forbesiana Pritchardia forbesiana occurs on Maui and Moloka’i, one of the few species to be found on multiple islands in Hawai’i, and it resides in wet to very wet, low scrubby forest and grasslands in eastern Moloka’i and on the Pu’u Kukui massif comprising West Maui, as illustrated here. Noteworthy are […]

April 2022 Newsletter

International Palm Society’s Hawaiian Islands Biennial The International Palm Society is first and foremost bound by our mission of research, education, and conservation. However, after these achievements, we love to travel. In fact, just over half a century ago (51 years to be exact), famed Principes (now PALMS) editor Dr. Harold Moore embarked on an […]

March 2022 Newsletter

International Palm Society’s Hawaiian Islands Biennial REGISTRATION WILL SOON OPEN! The International Palm Society’s Biennial will be Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, October 15, 2022. The International Palm Society is traveling again, and you are invited to join us for our 32nd Biennial meeting! This Biennial event is being offered on a first-come basis in […]

February 2022 Newsletter

A Valentine’s Day card to Libby Besse, a true IPS legend The International Palm Society’s 2021 mid-term meeting in the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg area included a visit to Sarasota, Florida, and the home of Libby Besse. A true living legend, this remarkably spry nonagenarian and her son, Al, guided our group through her breathtaking garden, […]

January 2022 Newsletter

A Visit to the Kampong The Kampong (Malay for village) is a marvelous treat to visit for any devotee of tropical horticulture. Sited perfectly on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, this was the home and garden of legendary plant explorer David Fairchild and his wife, Marian (the youngest daughter of Alexander Graham Bell). The […]

December 2021 Newsletter

Photos of 2021 Traditionally this issue, the final issue of 2021, is devoted to favorite palm photo-graphs, all from the calendar year 2021. We’re leading off with a species that is en-amored by this editor: Neoveitchia storkii. Photo by Mike Street.           New Research of Interest New work published in the […]

November 2021 Newsletter

Save the Species – Save the Rainforest Salvamontes (, a nonprofit NGO closely aligned with several Colombian and foreign agencies, chose the unique and endangered Darién Gap as their second conservation project. Previously Salvamontes engineered a very successful conservation program at Alto de Ventanas, located in the northern cloud forest of the Central Cordillera of […]

October 2021 Newsletter

PIMBY – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Palms In My Backyard (PIMBY) is a recurring series initiated during the pandemic. Travel restrictions merit an opportunity for us to enjoy palms where we live! In the October issue of the IPS newsletter, learn more about how the Los Angeles County Museum of Art established […]

September 2021 Newsletter

There is still time to register for the IPS midterm meeting! The International Palm Society midterm meeting is open to members only and will convene in Tampa/Sarasota, Florida beginning with a banquet on the evening of October 31, 2021. IPS Midterm Meeting in Tampa/Sarasota, Florida, USA The IPS Midterm Meeting is, at its heart, a […]