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Bush City: The big stories of New Zealand’s plants

Wednesday 19 April, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Join Curator of Botany Leon Perrie to explore the plants of Te Papa’s Bush City.  We’ll discuss the distinctive features of New Zealand’s flora: high rates of species endemism; unusually common gender separation; a propensity for boring flowers; low deciduousness; and the peculiar architecture of many of our woody plants.  You’ll also learn how to recognise some of the indigenous plants common around Wellington.

Leon Perrie -Bio
Leon’s research focuses on New Zealand’s ferns: their numbers, locations and identification. He has used DNA analyses to address this work and such questions as how ferns are related to one another and to species overseas. He was a contributing author for the Ferns and Lycophytes series for the online 
Flora of New Zealand (link is external). He also works on Pacific ferns, and has studied other plant groups, particularly Pseudopanax (lancewoods and five fingers).

Members Only Event: Tickets $25 (incl. refreshments and free parking)  or Become a new member today and attend this tour free of charge (please type “New Member – Bush City Tour” in the order notes section when you purchase your new Membership)

Feature: Detail from: Bush City, 2008. Te Papa (47249)


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Wednesday 19 April
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Friends of Te Papa
(04) 381 7051


Te Papa. Meet at the Information Desk on Level 2
55 Cable Street
Wellington, 6011