Jamaica Fifty Feature! – Fifty years of research and conservation
With the exception of some forest reserves, the Mason River Protected Area is one of Jamaica’s oldest terrestrial reserves. In 1962, Institute of Jamaica botanist (George Proctor) contributed to international recognition of a rare Jamaican ecosystem when he described the vegetation of the Mason River area to a meeting of the Linnaean Society of London1. The description was based on field data collected since 1956 by Prof. A.D. Skelding and Dr. R. Loveless of the University College of the West Indies, and George Proctor. By 1962, a growing collection of dried plant specimens from the Mason River area had been established at the Institute of Jamaica herbarium. The Sundew (Drosera capillaris) was one of the first plants to be described and a first record at the time for Jamaica. It is a native insect-eating plant found at this protected area.