Field trip to Nenthorn, inland from Palmerston, with John Barkla

Saturday 29th of April 2006, 08:30 AM (15 years ago)

Contact: John Barkla | mjbarkla@xtra.co.nz | (03) 476 3686

The DOC reserve at Nenthorn/Macraes is best known as a site for rare skink conservation but there is also great botanical diversity, including over 25 threatened plants. It's a landscape of rolling tussockland dotted with lichen encrusted schist rock outcrops, shallow ephemeral wetlands, and the odd deep gully with shrubby remnants. We'll seek out some of the less familiar species and should encounter coral broom, wetland herbs such as Gratiola nana and Tetrachondra hamiltonii, and the rare grass Simplicia laxa. Leave Botany carpark at 8.30 am Saturday and return late afternoon. Bring lunch and be prepared for cool changeable weather conditions. This mileage for this trip is expected to be about 100 km. Students are encouraged to apply for the student subsidy for this trip.