Past Events

Molteno's Regenerating Bush, Opoho

Saturday 13th of October 2012, 09:00 AM (8 years ago)

Contact: Allison Knight | alli_knight@hotmail.com | 027 487 8265

Tess and Anthony Molteno will host the BSO on a visit to their property at 236 Signal Hill Road, Opoho. Tess and Anthony have owned the property for the past 25 years. The property was originally a dairy farm and later a nursery but had been neglected for the 30 years or so before they bought it. At the time they fenced off a 2–3 Ha stand of kanuka on the west in the hope of regenerating the native bush. Since then that area has been little disturbed and they thought members of the Botanical Society might like to explore it, and any other part of the property that might interest them. Meet at the Dept of Botany car park 464 Great King St at 9.00 am.

Deadline for entries for the BSO Audrey Eagle Botanical Drawing Competition

Monday 1st of October 2012, 05:00 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: Allison Knight | alli_knight@hotmail.com | 027 487 8265

See here for more information

Banks' Florilegium at the Hocken Library

Tuesday 25th of September 2012, 05:30 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: Robyn Bridges | robyn.j.bridges@gmail.com | (03) 472 7330 / 021 235 8997

Banks' Florilegium is a collection of copperplate engravings of plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander while they accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771. They collected plants in Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java. See here for more information. Meet at the foyer of the Hocken Library at 5:30 p.m.

Field Trip to Alexandra

Sunday 16th of September 2012, 08:00 AM (8 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

We will travel to Alexandra and visit the DoC Springvale and Chapman Road Reserves to see native spring annuals and some rare dryland plants. The tiny buttercup relatives Ceratocephala pungens and Myosurus minimus subsp. novae-zelandiae will be flowering. Other plants that are likely to be present on these dry saline sites are Myosotis brevis, Lepidium kirkii, Atriplex buchananii, Raoulia beauverdii and Ryditosperma merum. Leaders David Lyttle and John Barkla.

Thyme travels across Central Otago: Above- and Below-ground ecological studies of a space invader

Wednesday 29th of August 2012, 12:00 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Jacqui Nielsen, PhD candidate. A Botany Department seminar. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Field trip to Brighton and/or Bruce Rocks

Saturday 18th of August 2012, 07:30 AM (8 years ago)

Contact: Robyn Bridges | robyn.j.bridges@gmail.com | (03) 472 7330 / 021 235 8997

Dr Wendy Nelson, this year's Baylis lecturer, has kindly agreed to lead a field trip to look at marine algae. Both sites are on the same coast though it is possible we will only do one as the intertidal window is narrow. This is a good opportunity for members to do something a bit different and learn from an international specialist in the field. It will be worth getting up early for. To catch the outgoing tide we need to meet at the Botany Dept car park, 464 Great King St. at the earlier time of 7.30 am (sharp). Gumboots and wet weather gear essential. Wet weather alternative Sunday 19th August.

11th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture. Relationships of marine algae in New Zealand: new discoveries provide more pieces for the puzzle

Wednesday 15th of August 2012, 05:00 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

Speaker Dr Wendy Nelson NIWA. Recent collections from sites throughout the New Zealand archipelago, including samples from deep waters in northern and eastern New Zealand (up to 110 m depth), intensive collections from the Bounty and Antipodes Islands, and algae associated with northern rhodolith beds as well as soft sediment habitats, have resulted in the recognition of many new taxa. These provide new perspectives on the relationships of the New Zealand flora—and raise some more challenging questions! Talk to be held in Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago. Drinks and nibbles will be available from 5:00 pm in the Castle Lecture Theatre Concourse.

Tapeworms in elasmobranch fishes: providing insights into marine ecosystems

Wednesday 15th of August 2012, 12:00 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Dr Haseeb Randhawa, Senior Teaching Fellow, Ecology Program. A Botany Department seminar. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

What Makes a Good Neighbour? Drivers of facilitation in alpine cushion plant communities

Wednesday 25th of July 2012, 12:00 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Britt Cranston, PhD candidate. A Botany Department seminar. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Field Trip to the Lyttle Properties, Otago Peninsula.

Saturday 21st of July 2012, 09:00 AM (8 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

David and Belinda Lyttle will host the BSO on a visit to their native plant nursery on Centre Road. There will be an opportunity to visit some native forest remnants on the adjoining farm owned by Donald Lyttle. This particular remnant is representative of the local flora and contains some uncommon species including Brachyglottis sciadophila, Coprosma rubra, Clematis foetida and Raukaua edgerleyi. The adjacent pasture contains a number of interesting herbaceous natives including the bidibid Acaena microphylla var. pauciglochidiata, Celmisia gracilenta, and Raoulia glabra. A good winter outing with a chance to come in out of the cold and enjoy some hot soup at lunchtime. Meet 9.00 am at the Botany Dept Car Park, 464 Great King St.

Effects of secondary woody succession in dry eastern South Island on indigenous plants and animals

Wednesday 18th of July 2012, 05:20 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

Speaker Susan Walker, Landcare Research, Dunedin. Mixed indigenous and exotic communities dominated by shrubs and small trees, at different stages of recovery from fire, now cover about one fifth of land that has not been intensively developed within eastern South Island 'dryland' environments. The benefits and drawbacks of this increasing 'woodiness' for indigenous plant and animals have been debated, but there have been few studies of its ecological effects. Susan will describe some insights from recent research in dry Central Otago. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Field trip to Quarantine Island

Saturday 23rd of June 2012, 09:00 AM (8 years ago)

Contact: Bill Wilson | rdwilson-dn@xtra.co.nz | (03) 477 2282

A trip led by Bill Wilson. Cost $10.00 for boat leaving from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9:30 AM. Depart from the Botany Dept car park at 9:00 AM or meet at 9:30 at Port Chalmers. Return boat trip booked for 3 PM. Date subject to weather Rain day 24th June.

Alpine Gems of the South Island

Wednesday 20th of June 2012, 05:20 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

Speaker Dave Toole. Dave Toole is a landscape gardener from Otatara, Invercargill who has a passion for New Zealand alpine plants. He has made many trips to various out of the way places in the South Island to find and photograph rare native alpines. Dave will talk about his adventures on these plant hunting trips and show pictures of a spectacular variety of alpine plants. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Ascension Island: A Lesson in Terraforming

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012, 05:20 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

Prof. Steven Stephenson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Beyond New Zealand: Global Biodiversity of Myxomycetes

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012, 12:00 PM (8 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Prof. Steven Stephenson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St