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Author Topic: NZ field trips Jan 2008  (Read 15189 times)

David Lyttle

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Re: NZ field trips Jan 2008
« Reply #75 on: February 07, 2008, 10:19:48 AM »
Hi Dave, Lesley

Nice to see photos of plants that I have not seen before especially the Wahlenbergia cartilaginea.

I spent a little time in the Otago Botany Dept herbarium today looking at specimens of Haastia sinclairii, Haastia sinclairii var fulvida and Haastia recurva. I came to the conclusion the plants we saw on Mt Hutt were Haastia recurva, the recurved nature of the leaves being more evident on dried rather than fresh specimens. I found the descriptions in the Flora totally confusing.  The pictures I posted earlier in this thread should therefore be labelled be Haastia recurva. Your Haastiia recurva looks a bit like Haastia sinclairii to me - I am basing my ID mainly on the prominent veins on the back of the leaves.  As for var fulvida there is a diverse assemblage of plants in the folders but I would not be confident in identifying it in the field.

With the Lignocarpa you have a choice of two and I am not going to disagree with identification.

I will post a picture of Notothalaspi rosulatum in flower to show what a truly odd plant it is.
David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, South Island ,
New Zealand.


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