Taking a close-up look with botanists past and present
Ferns are abundant in our New Zealand landscape, making them a major part of our ecosystems. In this context, we explore the science of ferns through the work of botanists.
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Ferns are plants of ancient origin. They are the green flowerless plants with divided leaves that often grow in damp, shady areas. Ferns have two separate independent living stages in their life...
Dr Patrick Brownsey and Dr Leon Perrie, Botany Curators at Te Papa, are involved in the ongoing task of documenting New Zealand’s fern flora.
Botany is the scientific study of plants. This field of study encompasses terrestrial, freshwater and ocean plants, as well as algae and some non-plants like fungi. The people who study botany are...
Dr Leon Perrie is a Botany Curator at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.