NTBG is pleased to announce that we have published a major work — the Flora of the Marquesas Islands, Vol. 1, which is now available for purchase directly through NTBG. This multi-decade project was spearheaded by NTBG’s Senior Research Botanist Dr. David Lorence and Dr. Warren Wagner, a Research Botanist and Curator of Botany with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The Flora of the Marquesas is a collaboration between NTBG, the Smithsonian Institution, Délégation á la Recherche de la Polynésie Française, and other partners.
The 415-page hardbound color book offers a complete account of all the plants found in the Marquesas Island. Of the 826 vascular plant species recorded, 331 species are native, with the remainder being human-introduced. Nearly half of the native flora (47%) is endemic to the Marquesas and includes 100 ferns and lycophytes. Volume 1 of this two volume work includes an introduction to the Marquesas Islands, lycophytes, ferns, monocots, and excisccatae.
Flora of The Marquesas Islands, Volume 1 Lycophytes, Ferns, and Monocots by David H. Lorence and Warren L. Wagner. 415 pages, $60 + tax and shipping. To purchase a copy, please contact Dr. David Lorence at: email@example.com.
The Marquesas Islands are a volcanic archipelago of 12 main islands and numerous islets situated within the Polynesia-Micronesia biodiversity hotspot, an epicenter of the current global extinction crisis. Stemming from extensive fieldwork, this book conveys a characterization of the extant floristic diversity, including 85 recently described species, original illustrations, illuminating photos, and critical conservation considerations. This work imparts a foundational knowledge of the flora as a vital component towards preserving biodiversity of the Marquesas Islands.