Thomas B. Croat, Ph.D.

Thomas B. Croat, Ph.D.

My research interests involve the systematics, floristics and ecology of the family Araceae (philodendron family).

P.A. Schulze Curator of Botany
Missouri Botanical Garden
Honorary Adjunct Professor
Biology

Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program
Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program

  • systematics, ecology, floristics, araceae, taxonomy

  • My research interests involve the systematics, floristics and ecology of the family Araceae (philodendron family). Despite the great horticultural interest in the philodendron family and its importance as a major component of many tropical forests, the taxonomy of Araceae is extremely poorly known and the family still contains a high proportion of undescribed species. Thus, work at this stage consists primarily of recognizing and describing new species, writing descriptions and identification keys for tropical floras, and intensively studying certain groups.