Thomas Croat

Honorary Adjunct Professor of Biology
P.A. Schulze Curator of Botany, MO Botanical Garden
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    Tom Croat, P.A. Schulze Curator of Botany, has made 85,000 plant collections in his 33-year career at Missouri Botanical Garden.

    As one of the world's leading experts on Araceae, the philodendron or aroid family, Croat has collected more than 10,000 living plants and maintains the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of living aroid plants in the Garden's greenhouses.

    Research Interests:

    • Systematics and Ecology of Neotropical Araceae
    • Floristics of Araceae for Neotropical Areas
    • Horticulture of Araceae
    • Phenological Variations of Neotropical Floras