Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Project


Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of JamaicaInstitute of Jamaica) is being supported with a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to undertake studies pertinent to the systematics and conservation biology of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinsia (Euphorbiaceae). The project is led by Mrs. Tracy Commock and it is being performed in partnership with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Herbarium Curator of Fairchild, Dr. Brett Jestrow) and Florida International University (FIU-FTBG faculty, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega).The project has a strong plant exploration component and between  August 4th – 14th field studies were conducted. Team members included Mrs. Tracy CommockDr. Brett Jestrow, and Mr. Keron Campbell (botanist and curator of the herbarium (IJ) of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica). During this field trip samples for DNA, anatomical, and morphological studies were collected from eight species of Dendrocousinsia and closely related relatives.

Images from left to right: from left to right T. Commock, B. Jestrow, and K. Campbell at Peckham Woods, Clarendon; B. Jestrow and T. Commock collecting plant material at Bubby Hill; Quaco Rock (only known locality for Sebastiania lesteri (Euphorbiaceae))

Second Row: Images of Sebastiania crenulata 



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Mason River Field Guide Project

This project aim is to produce a field guide of the fascinating flora of the Mason River Protected Area which will increase awareness, conservation practices and appreciation of Jamaica’s biodiversity on a whole. The field guide will have historic, geological and botanical information accompanied by images and maps. It will also look at other environmental issues such as invasive alien species and their impact on the biodiversity.


The Orchid Project

This project is envisioned to expand and update the orchid collections in the National Herbarium (IJ) and to create a web page dedicated to our native orchids. This web page will contain a photo gallery, distribution maps and information on selected species. Click Here