First field trip to Morocco

Jordan at Tizi-n-Tichka, Morocco 2015

Jordan at Tizi-n-Tichka, Morocco 2015

I will focus upon the taxonomy of Narcissus sections Apodanthi and Jonquillae during my PhD project. I started in January and since members of the genus are almost entirely spring flowering, so I had to organise fieldwork rather quickly in order to collect specimens from wild populations during the first season. The two sections I am studying are almost entirely found within the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. I firstly chose to target those species found within Morocco with only 3 species from the montane section Apodanthi and 1 section Jonquillae species being found there, however this Jonquillae species is autumnal flowering.

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Chelsea Flower Show – Silver Medal

The Carnivorous Plant Society stand at Chelsea Flower Show, featuring plants grown at the University of Reading won a prestigious Silver Medal.  To see the preparation of the stand click here.

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Carnivorous Plants from UoR at #RHSChelsea 2015

Nepenthes robcantleyi, a carnivorous plant species dicovered in the past decade

Nepenthes robcantleyi, a carnivorous plant species dicovered in the past decade

The Carnivorous Plant Society, a registered UK Charitydedicated to the promotion of carnivorous plants both in the wild and in cultivation, through conservation and education.”  Periodically it provides a display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and this was one of those fascinating years. 

The carnivorous plants at University of Reading are grown as a means of engaging students and the general public with botany in a way that most plants can’t offer.  The venus flytrap has obvious movement while sundews offer a sticky and slimy experience.  Towards the end of summer the sound of buzzing flies in the pitcher plants is quite breathtaking.  Continue reading

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MSc Plant Diversity – Plant families ID test – Samples 11-40 (Books and notes allowed) – Answers

The plant families samples 11-40 belong to are listed below (using APG2/3 for flowering plants) Continue reading

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