Trees of Belize: Discovering logwood

Trees of Belize: Discovering logwood

The diversity of plants can be easy to miss, especially when related species look alike on the surface. For example, many Belizeans are surprised to learn that there are seven species of prickly yellow (in the genus Zanthoxylum, literally “yellow wood”) in the...
Botanic Field Report from Rwanda

Botanic Field Report from Rwanda

When I was a small boy, my best friend and I would go to the woods near my house and play in the jungles and forests of our imagination. My exposure to places such as Africa and Central America was through TV shows and magazines. I dreamed of thick jungles filled with...
Where Do Trees Grow? Answers from the Bald Hills of Belize

Where Do Trees Grow? Answers from the Bald Hills of Belize

The Bald Hills of the north-central Maya Mountains in Belize are sometimes viewed as a mystery. Their high-elevation features are nearly treeless, yet the adjacent hills are covered by pine-oak forests surrounded by broadleaved rainforests. The Bald Hills are uniquely...
Gyminda tonduzii: A Story of Tree Discovery in Belize

Gyminda tonduzii: A Story of Tree Discovery in Belize

Some tree discoveries happen because of the curiosity and astute observations of  nonbotanists. In 2015, at Las Cuevas Research Station in the Chiquibul forest of Belize, an unusual trapdoor spider was discovered by arachnologist Dr. Aimée K. Thomas, of Loyola...