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Extreme Botany - Discovering New Palm Species in Remote Locations of Colombia

  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • 6:30 PM
  • UH Hilo, Wentworth Hall, Room 1

Saúl Ernesto Hoyos is a young researcher from Colombia who is part of the Rodrigo Bernal team that discovered the new palm genus Sabinaria hidden in the infamous Darien Gap.  The team’s latest publication, A Revision of the Aiphanes parvifolia Complex (Arecacea), distinguishes 7 species, introducing two species previously uncollected. His passion for conservation has taken him to some of the wildest places in his native Colombia, in an attempt to document the rich diversity of plants, specifically palms, so that governments can make informed decisions about designating areas for development. Saúl has been visiting famous US herbariums and studying with his advisor in Athens, Ohio. He is finishing his grand tour here in Hawaii.  He has given talks along the way while visiting our nation’s best botanical resources - Missouri Botanical Garden, the Field Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and New York Botanical Garden.  Join us for an evening of adventure and botanical sleuthing.  Silent Auction starts at 6:30pm, lecture starts at 7:00pm

Location is Wentworth Hall, Room 1

Park in lots marked 5 on the map below, look for HIPS signs and volunteers to lead you to Wentworth Hall.  The bigger lot marked with a star will have more spaces.  Parking is free after 4pm.

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550 Akolea Rd

Hilo, Hi   96720

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