30 Apr 2009

New Zealand's Most Famous Plant

From Our Changing World, 9:34 pm on 30 April 2009

Te Papa botanists Leon Perrie and Patrick BrownseyThere are nearly 200 species of native ferns in New Zealand, and a growing number of introduced ferns. Fern expert Patrick Brownsey(on right, in front a king fern) co-authored "New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants", and he is an internationally respected biosystematist and herbarium curator who manages the herbarium WELT at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. He was awarded the 2008 Allan Mere by the New Zealand Botanical Society for an outstanding contribution to New Zealand botany. Te Papa botanist Leon Perrie (on left) has been investigating the molecular history of New Zealand ferns.

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