About Us

Floribunda is much more than just a nursery – it is the passion project of Jeff and Suchin Marcus, who have worked for more than thirty years to study, collect and conserve members of the family Arecaceae. The result is one of the largest private collections of palms in the world – a “Noah’s ark” in a time where environmental calamity is rampant. 

This mission has taken them all over the world, from Brazil to Southeast Asia to Madagascar, where they have witnessed the destruction of delicate ecosystems firsthand and have have dedicated themselves to preserving the “princes/princesses of the plant kingdom” in their six acre nursery on the windward side of Hawai’i Island.

When people have a question about palms, whether they are a scientist, scholar, or horticulturalist, they typically reach out to Floribunda to get a first-hand take on what the palm is like outside of pictures and herbarium samples. Floribunda is reponsible for spreading palms all over the world, and species that were once critically rare and endangered are becoming available worldwide. 

The
Garden

Jeff and Dr. Bill Baker w/ Maxburretia furtadoana

With over 850 species planted in the ground, and plans to bring that number over a thousand, the garden is an amazing representation of the palm family, with other rare plants such as Anthuriums and Cycads.

Suchin with Sabinaria magnifica

Garden Tour Video

Special thanks to Robin Crawford (video) and Linda Walker (still photos) for putting together this video of their tour experience with Jeff in 2016. This includes fantastic drone footage and features many rare palms, a time-stamped list of which can be found below the video and in the video description on Youtube.

Licuala cordata 3:41
Pinanga speciosa 4:34
Carpoxylon macrospermum 5:16
Cyphophoenix nucele 8:21
Satakentia liukiuensis 9:13
Mauritia flexuosa 10:10
Reinhardtia compacta 10:47
Physokentia thurstonii 12:22
Bactris militaris 13:15
Dypsis sp. rosea x mirabilis 14:12
Areca montana (latiloba) 14:36
Sclerosperma  mannii 15:00
Dypsis carlsmithii 15:47
Dypsis saintlucei 16:36
Hydriastele beguinii 17:25
Bentinckia condapanna 18:16
Dictyosperma furfuraceum 19:27
Dypsis malcomberi 20:00
Masoala madagascariensis 20:20
Lemurophoenix halleuxii 21:03
Dypsis leucomalla 21:52
Neoveitchia storckii 23:30
Pholidocarpus macrocarpus 24:31
Johannesteijsmannia magnifica 25:21
Dypsis bejoufa 26:23
Marojejya darianii 27:21
Dypsis mananjarensis 29:16
Licuala mattanensis 31:00
Ceroxylon amazonicum 31:42
Iriartea deltoidea 32:16
Areca ipot 33:10
Dypsis basilonga 33:51
Dypsis prestoniana 34:38
Pelagodoxa henryana 35:37
Cyphophoenix alba 36:12
Dypsis robusta 37:14
Dypsis hanconna 38:01
Hydriastele flabellata 39:07
Dypsis leucomalla 39:42
Dypsis nauseosa 40:30
Loxococcus rupicola 41:39

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