Botany Fieldtrip Wairarapa 2010: Day 2

Day two comprised a visit to a covenanted reserve on the eastern scarp of the Puketoi Range, arranged by QEII National Trust representative for Tararua, Bill Wallace.

QEII National Trust website.

We collected about 60 species of vascular plants and a similar number of bryophytes (mosses & liverworts).  Amongst our haul was the first confirmed New Zealand specimen of the liverwort Chiloscyphus gippslandicus.

Surveying the terrain at the beginning of the day. Photo by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Carlos collecting arboreally, in order to obtain a flowering specimen. Photo by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Another specimen being added to the collecting bag. Photo by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Craspedia flower head, Nertera, and Euphrasia. Photos by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Mountain cabbage tree, Cordyline indivisa. Photo by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Looking eastwood towards the end of the day. Photo by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

The bryophyte collectors processing their specimens back at base. Additional lighting is needed to see many of the diagnostic features of these small plants. Photo by Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Growing Te Papa’s plant collection.

Botany Fieldtrip Wairarapa 2010: Day 1.

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