Selby Gardens Welcomes International Bromeliad Scholar Males

November 9, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has welcomed an international plant scholar for a fornight visit this fall.

Jamie Males, a PhD candidate at Cambridge University is the recipient of the Harry Luther-Bromeliad Society International Scholar Award that grants professional botanists and advanced students funds to carry out their research by using the world’s best bromeliad collection located at Selby Gardens. The award is named for Dr. Harry Luther who was the decades-long curator of the Gardens’ Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Research Center.

“It is wonderful having Jamie here at Selby Gardens, and I am so pleased to know how much our collection will contribute to his fascinating work on bromeliad physiology,” said Bruce Holst, director of botany for Selby Gardens.

Males’ research focuses on the evolution and physiology of the bromeliad family and how biological and environmental changes impacted the plant’s distribution throughout the world. There are approximately 3,200 species of bromeliads in the New World Tropics. Selby Gardens has a holding of more than 10,000 bromeliad herbarium specimens and nearly 4,000 live bromeliads, providing a wealth of materials for study.

While visiting, Males will conduct research using the Gardens’ collection and lead a discussion about his research.



About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or  Get social at or


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