Past Events

Geoff Baylis Lecture: Plant systematics research and its relevance to understanding the origins and evolution of the New Zealand flora

Wednesday 4th of September 2013, 06:00 PM (6 years ago)

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

12th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture presented by Dr Peter Heenan, Landcare Research, Lincoln.

The science of Plant Systematics is concerned with naming and classifying plants. Its aim is to produce stable and reliable classifications and to provide knowledge of species' relationships. At times, modern taxonomic research has produced much confusion and some disquiet amongst lay people about seemingly arbitrary changes in plant names.

Dr Peter Heenan is one of this countrys foremost plant taxonomists and has, in recent times and amongst other projects, worked on the flora of the Chatham Islands and the predominantly New Zealand genus Pachycladon, a small group of mainly alpine plants belonging to the Brassica family.

In this lecture Dr Heenan will provide an overview of his recent and current taxonomic research. The scope of this research uses modern and traditional techniques to clarify and define species relationships and as a consequence gives valuable insights into the origin and evolution of the indigenous New Zealand flora.

The Geoff Baylis Lecture is held annually by the Botanical Society of Otago, in conjunction with the Department of Botany. It is named in honour of Dr Geoff Baylis, the first Professor of Botany at the University of Otago. In Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago. Drinks and nibbles starting from 5:15 pm in the Castle Concourse.

Botany Dept 4th year research student seminars

Wednesday 4th of September 2013, 12:00 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Nusyana Cham Pi, Chris Jenks, Cecilia Wang, Department of Botany. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Crouching mycologist-hidden fungi—intriguing interactions

Wednesday 21st of August 2013, 12:00 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Teresa Lebel, Landcare Research, Auckland. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Discovering how plants know when to flower

Wednesday 14th of August 2013, 12:00 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Richard Macknight, Department of Biochemistry. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

A walk in the English countryside with Bradley Curnow

Wednesday 7th of August 2013, 05:20 PM (6 years ago)

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

A walk in the English countryside is a presentation on the wild flowers encountered on a section of the Coast to Coast Walk through the English Lake District. I purchased a wildflower detective handbook at Ness botanic gardens near Liverpool and had a great time photographing the flowers mentioned in the book. I have also taken other flower/plant photos from that walk and from around the Gulf of Finland. I would also like to give a brief positive report on progress made to protect the Aramoana salt marsh. 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.

Sonchus oleraceus—a good candidate for an antioxidant supplement?

Wednesday 7th of August 2013, 12:00 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Arlene McDowell, School of Pharmacy. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Field trip to Mount Watkin/Hikaroroa

Saturday 3rd of August 2013, 08:30 AM (6 years ago)

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

Mount Watkin/Hikaroroa is a 616 metre peak located north-west of Waikouaiti. It is a volcanic peak surrounded by a schist landscape with fine views of Karitane and Waikouaiti estuaries. The DCC's 650-hectare Mt Watkin / Hikaroroa Reserve is regarded one of the best remaining examples of dry coastal forest in Otago. This trip will also look at the magnificent basalt rock glaciers and the higher slopes of the peak. Finding Gingidia grisea was a highlight of a previous trip (reported as Gingidia montana in Newsletter #37). This is the southernmost distributional limit for this north Otago endemic plant. Foul weather back up date Sunday 4th August. Meet at Botany Department car park 8:30 am. Return 5:00 pm.

Painting a picture of Miocene subtropical Otago—forests and lakes, flowers and fruit, and invertebrates in amber

Wednesday 24th of July 2013, 12:00 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Daphne Lee, Department of Geology. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Ghoul fungi and other horrors: systematics of Hebeloma and Cortinarius

Wednesday 17th of July 2013, 12:00 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr David Orlovich, Department of Botany. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Plants and vegetation of Dunedin 150 years ago

Wednesday 10th of July 2013, 05:20 PM (6 years ago)

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

How did Dunedin look when Dunedin Botanic Garden was a seedling? We can't know for sure, but botanist Dr Peter Johnson can give us a really good glimpse into the past. 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 Evansdale Glen

Saturday 6th of July 2013, 09:00 AM (6 years ago)

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

Evansdale Glen is a sheltered reserve north of Dunedin beyond Waitati. Vegetation is mixed kanuka broadleaf shrubland which has been extensively modified through human activity. We will follow the track up Careys Creek and continue up a leading spur to the Mountain Track Road; an easy, sheltered location for a mid-winter excursion. Foul weather back up date Sunday 7th July. Meet 9.00 am at Botany Department car park, 464 Great King Street.

Botany in the Deep South

Wednesday 26th of June 2013, 05:20 PM (6 years ago)

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

Note this talk was originally scheduled for Thursday 20 June, but it was postponed to Wednesday 26 June 2013 due to the snowy weather. Brian Rance, a botanist and ecologist in the Science and Technical section of Department of Conservation based in Invercargill will provide a shorter version of the Druce Memorial talk that he gave to the Wellington Botanical Society AGM last year. Tony Druce botanised extensively in Inland Otago and Northern Southland. This botanically rich and geographically diverse area covers the drylands and block mountains of Central Otago to the mountains, wetlands and forests of Northern Southland. The talk will discuss Tony's work and will revisit some of the places and plants that Tony studied. It will also visit other places through Fiordland and Stewart Island including some alpine, wetland and dune areas. 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.

Banks' Florilegium at the Hocken Library

Saturday 15th of June 2013, 09:30 AM (6 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 9:30 a.m.

Above the Treeline and Beyond

Wednesday 15th of May 2013, 05:20 PM (6 years ago)

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

A talk by David Lyttle on a series of botanical excursions around the South Island in the latter part of 2012 and beginning of 2013. The talk will cover visits to Mt Cook, the Craigieburn Range, Arthurs Pass and will include a trip down the West Coast to Haast that was undertaken as one of the Southern Connections pre-conference tours. The talk will be illustrated by photos featuring botanical and ecological highlights of New Zealand's mountains and forests. 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.

Visit to Ferntree Lodge Gardens, Ferntree Drive, Wakari

Saturday 11th of May 2013, 09:00 AM (6 years ago)

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

Ferntree Lodge was the home of the Thomson family for 60 years. The house was bought in 1898 by Alexander Thomson (1846–1904) a well known Dunedin soft drink manufacturer, and it was during the Thomson's ownership that many of the existing trees were planted. Over 6,600 square metres of lawns, gardens and trees were planted. Most were natives, particularly North Island varieties rarely seen in the lower South Island. Two of Alexander Thomson's sons, William Alexander (Bill — the eldest) and John Scott (Jack — the fourth) became distinguished amateur botanists. William Thomson lived at Ferntree Lodge until his death in 1950. The Lodge and garden have had a chequered history since then with the property being subdivided and the gardens neglected. The property is now owned by Tim Vanderhaegen and his wife Sofie who wish to restore it. They have issued an invitation to the BSO to view the garden which in its time was one of the more notable gardens in the Dunedin area and still contains many of the trees planted by the Thomsons. Rain date 12th May Sunday. Meet 9:00 a.m. at Botany Department Car Park, 464 Great King Street.