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About this tool


Several institutions and their staff members were instrumental in allowing me to photograph and collect palms. They are listed below with my sincere thanks.

Montgomery Botanical Center

  • Dr. Larry Noblick, Palm Biologist
  • Dr. M. Patrick Griffith, Executive Director
  • Arantza Strader, Collections Database Supervisor
  • Lee Anderson, Superintendent
  • Tracy Magellan, Volunteer Coordinator

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

  • Dr. Carl E. Lewis, Director
  • Lynka Woodbury, Herbarium Curator
  • Marilyn Griffiths, Plant Records
  • Christie Jones Leiva, Horticultural Supervisor
  • Mary Collins, Senior Horticulturist
  • Arlene Ferris, Director of Volunteer Services

The Huntington Botanical Gardens

  • Kathy Musial, Curator, Living Collections and Collections Manager
  • Shadi Shihab, Curator, Floristic Gardens
  • Sean Lahmeyer, Plant Conservation Specialist
  • Dr. Paul Meyers, Associate Curator of the Herbarium
  • Cynthia Dickey, Administrative Assistant

The Arboretum of Los Angeles County

  • Jim Henrich, Living Collections Curator

Fullerton Arboretum

  • Chris Barnhill, Living Collections Curator

Quail Botanical Gardens (now San Diego Botanical Garden)

  • Jeremy Spathe, Horticulturalist
  • Dave Ehrlinger, Director of Horticulture

Jungle Music Nursery

  • Phil Bergman

I appreciate the use of images generously provided by the following institutions and photographers:

I would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following individuals who offered their expertise and encouragement to me and the project.

  • Dr. Jack Fisher, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, retired
  • Dr. Gerald "Stinger" Guala, Director of Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), USDA
  • Dr. Andrew Henderson, New York Botanical Garden
  • Don Hodel, Los Angeles County Extension Office
  • Dr. Alan W. Meerow, USDA-ARS
  • Dr. Scott Mori, New York Botanical Garden
  • Dr. Scott Zona, Florida International University

Several of my colleagues at DPI made it possible for me to work on this project and helped review the identification tool.

  • Dr. Richard E. Weaver
  • Dr. W.C. "Cal" Welbourn
  • Dr. Greg Hodges
  • Lou Lodyga
  • Jake Farnum

Technical assistance was provided by the following DPI staff members:

  • Scott Weinberg, website developer
  • Katy Shepard, artist/illustrator

The project was funded in part by USDA APHIS PPQ CPHST and inspired by the staff members listed below.

  • Terrence Walters
  • Julia Scher
  • Amanda Redford