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“Early Botanical Collectors in WA. Alex George”
September 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$2
Since Europeans first came here, Western Australia’s astonishing biodiversity has inspired many people to collect and preserve specimens for study. William Dampier, an English privateer collecting at Shark Bay, commented on how many blue plants there were. Unfortunately many of his specimens were lost in a shipwreck, but later collectors were not so unfortunate. Alex George will be familiar to most Wildflower Society members. An eminent taxonomist and prolific author, he has published not only on botany, but also on historical topics, and even a textbook on botanical Latin! This talk should give some illuminating and little-known facts about people who, like us, were fascinated by our flora.