The Botanical Result of James Cook’s three Voyages in the Pacific 1768 – 1780
Thursday, 14th September 2023, The Piwakawaka Room, Hamilton Gardens
Speaker John Robson
Talk to begin at 6.30.
The botanical results from James Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific remain among the least studied of all the materials and information that were taken back to Europe. Hundreds, if not thousands, of specimens, new to Europeans, were collected and illustrated. Descriptions of the existing flora of many locations were made using the new taxonomy recently developed by Linnaeus. Many of the plants that now adorn New Zealand Aotearoa gardens and bush were, therefore, first described and given scientific names during the visits by Cook and his colleagues.
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