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  • NEW ZEALAND BOTANICAL SOCIETY

    NEWSLETTER NUMBER 18 DECEMBER 1989

  • NEW ZEALAND BOTANICAL SOCIETY

    NEWSLETTER NUMBER 18 DECEMBER 1989

    CONTENTS News

    New Zealand Botanical Society Elections 3 1990 Subscriptions 3 New Newsletter Editor . 3

    Regional Botanical S o c i e t i e s Auckland . 4 Waikato 4 Rotorua 5 Wanganui 6 Manawatu 6 Wellington 7 Nelson 7 Canterbury 7 Otago 8

    Notes and Reports Current Research

    Symbolic Botany 8 Taxonomy of NZ Pimelea 9

    Announcement The i d e n t i f i c a t i o n of plants by Botany D i v i s i o n DSIR 12

    Desiderata P r a t i a 12 Linum monogynum 13 Cordyline k i r k i i 13

    Forthcoming meetings/conferences F i f t h Fungal Foray - Boyle River Lodge 14 Science and Natural Heritage Conference 14 Physiology of native plants 15

    Conference/meeting reviews 6th John C h i l d Bryophyte Workshop 16 Lichen Workshop 17 7th NZ Herbarium Curators' Meeting 17

    Publications DSIR Journals Special Offer 19

    Cover illustration Well Made New Zealand A Century of Trademarks

    In 1987, Richard Wolfe catalogued a large body of New Zealand trademarks and symbols, and a se l e c t i o n were published i n a book with the above t i t l e . In "Symbolic Botany" on page 8, he essays the botanical input toward images of national i d e n t i t y (please turn over for key).

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    New Zealand Botanical Society P r e s i d e n t : Dr E r i c G o d l e y

    S e c r e t a r y / T r e a s u r e r : A n t h o n y W r i g h t

    C o m m i t t e e : S a r a h B e a d e l , C o l i n Webb, C a r o l West

    A d d r e s s : New Z e a l a n d B o t a n i c a l S o c i e t y c/- A u c k l a n d I n s t i t u t e & Museum P r i v a t e Bag A u c k l a n d 1

    Subscriptions The 1990 o r d i n a r y a n d i n s t i t u t i o n a l s u b s a r e $ 1 2 . The 1990 s t u d e n t s u b , a v a i l a b l e t o f u l l - t i m e s t u d e n t s , i s $6.

    Back i s s u e s o f t h e N e w s l e t t e r a r e a v a i l a b l e a t $2.50 e a c h - f r o m Number 1 ( A u g u s t 1 9 8 5 ) t o Number 18 ( D e c e m b e r 1 9 8 9 ) . S i n c e 1986 t h e N e w s l e t t e r h a s a p p e a r e d q u a r t e r l y i n M a r c h , J u n e , S e p t e m b e r a n d December.

    New s u b s c r i p t i o n s a r e a l w a y s w e l c o m e a n d t h e s e , t o g e t h e r w i t h b a c k i s s u e o r d e r s , s h o u l d be s e n t t o t h e S e c r e t a r y / T r e a s u r e r ( a d d r e s s a b o v e ) .

    S u b s c r i p t i o n s a r e due b y 28 F e b r u a r y o f e a c h y e a r f o r t h a t c a l e n d a r y e a r . E x i s t i n g s u b s c r i b e r s a r e s e n t an i n v o i c e w i t h t h e December N e w s l e t t e r f o r t h e p r e v i o u s y e a r , w h i c h o f f e r s a r e d u c t i o n i n s u b s c r i p t i o n i f t h i s i s p a i d b y t h e due d a t e . I f y o u a r e i n a r r e a r s w i t h y o u r s u b s c r i p t i o n a r e m i n d e r n o t i c e comes a t t a c h e d t o e a c h i s s u e o f t h e N e w s l e t t e r .

    Deadline for next issue The d e a d l i n e f o r t h e M a r c h 1990 i s s u e (Number 19) i s 23 F e b r u a r y 1990. P l e a s e f o r w a r d c o n t r i b u t i o n s t o :

    Dr Wendy N e l s o n , E d i t o r NZ B o t a n i c a l S o c i e t y N e w s l e t t e r C/- N a t i o n a l Museum PO Box 467 WELLINGTON

    Cover illustration A Nikau p r e s e r v a t i v e ( t o prevent mould on hams, bacon, f i s h ( e t c ) . John S. Thomson, Auckland, s e t t l e r , 1908. B Nimmo and B l a i r , High St, Dunedin, Produce brokers and commission agents. Advertisement, 1887. C Ointment f o r rheumatism, scalds, sprains. Charles Stubbs, Christchurch Road, Kumara, 1896. D Nikau Palm copper r i v e t t e d c l o t h i n g : raincoats and mackintosh coats. Advertisement, 1913, f o r John P. Hooton, E l l i o t t St, Auckland, warehouseman and manufacturers' agent. E Fern Brand wax vestas, New Zealand Wax Vesta Co. L t d , Dunedin. Advertisement, 1930: " s u i t a b l e f o r a l l weathers" and " a s s i s t your own i n d u s t r i e s f i r s t " . F Totara Brand c o t t o n piece goods. John Cobbe, Mail Order House, F i e l d i n g , 1914. I n 1915 Cobbe, now importer, applied t o use the same trademark f o r "pianos of English manufacture". G S c a r l e t Beak food substances: hams, bacon, l a r d , honey, te a , e t c . The F i e l d i n g Bacon Company L t d , Warwick St, F i e l d i n g , 1932. H S i l v e r Fern b i c y c l e s and accessories. George Milne, High St, Christchurch, 1908. I Flax Bush Brand rope, twine and lashings. W i l l i a m Ross and Son L t d , Foxton, rope manufacturers, 1906. J Clematis Brand b u t t e r and cheese. J o l l Brother's Waitara, produce merchants, 1897. K Cabbage Tree c o t t o n piece goods ( c a l i c o e s and s h e e t i n g s ) . Richard Hobbs, Queen St, Auckland, wholesale and r e t a i l draper and c l o t h i e r , 1893. L Rata mixture and ointment. Hone Pihama Teuru and Tuarua Wairoa, t r a d i n g as The Rata Medicine Company, of Taumarunui, King Country, 1917. M The T o i - t o i Brand b u t t e r . W i l l i a m H. M a r t i n , Upper Hutt, farmer, 1899.

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    NEWS

    New Zealand Botanical Society • Elections

    When nominations for O f f i c e r s and Committee of the Society f or 1990 closed on 20 November 1989, the number of nominations equalled the number of vacancies. Thus a postal b a l l o t was not required and the following are declared elected:

    President: Dr E r i c Godley Secretary/Treasurer: Anthony Wright Committee: Sarah Beadel, C o l i n Webb, Carol West

    Please note that the committee may co-opt further members to achieve better regional representation.

    • 1990 Subscriptions

    The 1990 Subscription to the Society has been held at the same l e v e l as 1989. An invoice f or your 1990 Subscription i s enclosed with t h i s issue of the Newsletter. Ordinary and i n s t i t u t i o n a l subs are $12 (reducible to $10 i f paid by 28 February 1990); student subs are $6 (reducible to $5 i f paid by 28 February 1990).

    • New Newsletter Editor

    The committee i s pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Wendy Nelson as Newsletter Editor from 1 January 1990.

    Wendy gained a B.Sc. (Hons) degree from V i c t o r i a University i n 1975 and a Ph.D. from the University of B r i t i s h Columbia i n 1980. She then worked at the New Zealand Oceanographic I n s t i t u t e , F i s h e r i e s Management D i v i s i o n and at Fisheri e s Research D i v i s i o n i n Wellington as a marine a l g o l o g i s t concerned with the commercial p o t e n t i a l of seaweeds, and the development of research programmes relevant to seaweed f i s h e r i e s and aquaculture.

    In August 1987 Wendy was appointed to the p o s i t i o n of Botanist at the National Museum, replacing Miss Nancy Adams who had r e t i r e d e a r l i e r that year. This move enabled her to concentrate on the taxonomy and biology of marine algae. Since then she has undertaken general revisionary studies, and preparation of regional c h e c k l i s t s of marine algae (Bay of Islands l i s t published 1987; Chatham Islands and Fiordland l i s t s i n preparation), as well as pursuing her major project - a r e v i s i o n of the genus Porphyra.

    From 1 January 1990 please forward a l l e d i t o r i a l content d i r e c t to:

    Dr Wendy Nelson NZ Botanical Society Newsletter Editor c/- Natural History Unit National Museum PO Box 467 WELLINGTON

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    Anthony Wright w i l l continue to arrange p r i n t i n g and c i r c u l a t i o n of the Newsletter.

    Anthony Wright, Secretary/Treasurer, NZ Botanical Society, c/- Auckland I n s t i t u t e & Museum, Private Bag, Auckland 1

    Regional Bot Soc news • Auckland Botanical Society

    Inspired by the success of many of our regional s i b l i n g s , Auckland Bot Soc held i t s f i r s t pot luck dinner, and ended the year's a c t i v i t i e s on a high note.

    Three f i e l d t r i p s and an evening meeting w i l l be held before the next Newsletter appears:

    12-17 January 1990. Waipoua Forest, Maunganui Bluff and other areas of botanical i n t e r e s t . Accommodation at the old gumdiggers hotel at Kawerua. For bookings and/or further d e t a i l s , contact Anthony Wright, c/- Auckland I n s t i t u t e & Museum, by 23 December 1989. Saturday 17 February 1990. Hukatere Reserve, Kaipara. Leader: Nigel Clunie. Saturday 17 March 1990. McKenzie Fernery and Hamilton C i t y g u l l i e s . Leaders: Cathy Jones and Peter de Lange. Wednesday 7 March 1990. AGM, followed by an introduction to the study of f o s s i l p ollens. Speaker: Rewi Newnham.

    A l l welcome to any of these a c t i v i t i e s . For further information, contact:

    Sandra Jones, Secretary, Auckland Botanical Society, 14 Park Rd, T i t i r a n g i , Auckland 7 (phone 817-6102 home)

    • Waikato Botanical Society

    Newsletter No. 8 was published i n September 1989 under the able guidance of our editor, Paul Champion. It reports the completion of our 1988 environmental grant project which involved the preparation of reports on three r e g i o n a l l y uncommon pri v a t e indigenous forest remnants. Two of these remnants are located i n the Hamilton E c o l o g i c a l D i s t r i c t , Waikato E c o l o g i c a l Region, at Pukemokemoke and Koromatua. The t h i r d can be found i n the Meremere Eco l o g i c a l D i s t r i c t , Waikato E c o l o g