Posts tagged with Hawke’s Bay

A close look at little plants – mosses, liverworts, & lichens

  • The silver-tipped Campylopus introflexus is one of my favourite mosses. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. (c) Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
  • The silvery-tipped Campylopus introflexus is one of my favourite mosses.  Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. (c) Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
  • Display table in the microscope work-room, with specimens named to help beginners.  Photo by Terry Evans.  (c) Terry Evans, Auckland.
  • Identifying the day's collections with the aid of microscopes and books.  Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. (c) Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

I’m just back from the John Child Bryophyte Workshop for 2009, which I helped organise (along with Massey University’s Lara Shepherd and Jill Rapson). The Bryophyte Workshop studies mosses, liverworts, and hornworts, as well as lichens. Although often overlooked because of their small size, these plants are significant biodiversity and biomass components of many habitats…. Read more »

Rare fern rediscovered.

  • Maidenhair spleenwort.  This is the rare species, but the common one looks very similar.
  • Me, on top of the Ruahine Ranges.  No rare ferns sighted up here, but interesting nonetheless.
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  • Maidenhair spleenwort.  This is the rare species, but the common one looks very similar.

I’m one of the Botany Curators at Te Papa, and ferns are one of my specialties.  New Zealand has about 200 native ferns, and some of them are very rare.  We recently rediscovered one rare fern that had been ‘lost’.  I was beginning to wonder if it had become extinct, but fortunately it has not. … Read more »