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Science for Lunch: The Botany Session

Thursday 15 November 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

$10.00 – $15.00

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!

Carlos Lehnebach, Botany Curator

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.

Roughly 30 minutes. We’ll pause for questions and short break.


Heidi Meudt, Botany Researcher

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.

Roughly 20 minutes.


Please meet under the large glass treaty on level 4.

Includes free parking


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Thursday 15 November 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$10.00 – $15.00
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Reading Room, Mezzanine, L4, Te Papa
Te Papa, 55 Cable Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Friends of Te Papa
(04) 381 7051