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e-Monocot is a NERC funded consortium between Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Oxford University and the Natural History Museum.


Grant no's 279981, 279984 & 279970. Period, Nov./Dec. 2010 to Oct./Nov. 2013.




Dr Ruth Bone

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What's your favourite monocot and why?: 

My favourite monocot is the bottle palm - Hyophorbe lagenicaulis. This species is endemic to Mauritius, where I spent two years working on conservation projects. The only remaining natural population grows on Round Island: a small rodent-free islet off northern Mauritius and a refugium for rare fauna including endemic reptile species that are extinct on mainland Mauritius. Work is on-going to restore the island’s flora, that was once dominated by palm savannas of three genera endemic to the Mascarene Islands: Dictyosperma, Hyophorbe and Latania.

Personal interets/role in project: 

Ruth Bone is a member of the content team, and will be creating interactive plant identification keys and taxon pages for emonocot. Her personal interest in the project stems from her belief that accurate, scientific information should be made freely available to as wide an audience as possible, particularly to researchers who have limited access to academic literature- including those who work in remote locations like Round Island, Mauritius.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by: Vince Smith, Simon Rycroft, Dave Roberts, Ben Scott...