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Montgomery Botanical Center

Palm Reproductive Biology

Mentor: Joanna Tucker Lima

The Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) has 381 different palm species and 232 cycad species growing on the property. Specific project ideas related to palm reproductive biology include monitoring and evaluating flowering phenology in one or several different species; studying inflorescence development by examining preserved inflorescence material at different stages of maturity both under the microscope and in the field; examining fruit morphology and assessing viability of fruits in the garden setting; collection of floral scent volatile samples for comparisons across species; and research on pollination ecology and floral biology. For cycads, MBC has research opportunities related to cycad cone and pollen collection, hand pollination, phenology, and seed viability studies, as well as taxonomic work with herbarium specimens and maintaining the World List of Cycads.