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Science for Lunch: The Botany Session

Science for Lunch: The Botany Session

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  • Thu 15 Nov ’18, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Non-member: $15.00
  • Student: $12.00
  • Member: $10.00

Part of our Science for Lunch series, join us for a plant fest with Te Papa’s very own botany curator and botany researcher. We’ll do a dive into the museums hugely varied collection and take a specific look at some special New Zealand flowers. Bring your lunch along and explore with our experts!

'Botanical treasures at Te Papa. Carlos Lehnebach, Botany Curator'.

This talk will provide a glimpse into the most important botanical collections stored in Te Papa’s herbarium. It will showcase collections made by early explorers to New Zealand, including Banks and Solander, medicinal plants used by Maori in the late 1800’s, examples of some NZ extinct plants and the recent discovery of new species.

Carlos is a botanist who studies the diversity, evolution and conservation of New Zealand flowering plants. His main groups of interest are terrestrial and epiphytic orchids, alpine plants, and plants shared with other land masses in the Southern Hemisphere.

'Top ten reasons why native New Zealand forget-me-nots are awesome! Heidi Meudt, Botany Researcher'.

Come and learn about these amazing plants, why they are special, and how research happening at Te Papa is contributing to our knowledge about New Zealand biodiversity and helping protect these precious taonga.

Heidi Meudt’s research focuses on the evolution and classification of native New Zealand flowering plants. She uses morphology, DNA and other data to understand evolutionary patterns and update the taxonomy of native forget-me-nots and foxgloves.

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