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Wood rose, 1859

Wood rose, 1859

This illustration of the wood rose or pua o te rangi (Dactylanthus taylorii) is from a paper by Joseph Hooker in 1859. It is the only fully parasitic flowering plant found in New Zealand. Hooker, based at London's Kew Gardens, had a network of botanical collectors around the world, including William Colenso and Richard Taylor in New Zealand. It was Taylor who sent the first complete specimen of Dactylanthus taylorii, so Hooker named it after him. The drawing was by botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Life sciences - Beginnings, 1769–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014