The origin of the coconut, a symbol of the tropics, has been argued for decades. Some say it originated in the Old World (Asia and Western Pacific), while others say the New World (South America). If one says the Old World, then where are its closest relatives? If one says the New World, then why are there no indigenous coconuts in that part of the world and why is most of its diversity in the Old World? Come and found out what the scientists say, learn about the coconut’s past, and who its closest relatives are.
- Friday, January 19
- 2 – 3pm, Kapnick Hall inside Naples Botanical Garden
- $15 Members / $20 Non-Members
Larry Noblick was born in Ohio, saw his first coconut when he was 22, and became interested in palms as a U.S. Peace Corp volunteer and later as a college professor in Bahia, Brazil, almost 40 years ago. In the mid-‘80s he returned to the U.S. to work on his doctorate on the Bahian palm flora and in the process, became an acknowledged expert on the palms of the Atlantic Forest. Today, he continues to collect and study palms for the Montgomery Botanical Center, especially those closely related to the coconut, and serves on the board of directors of the International Palm Society.
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