Story: Life sciences

Maire tawake, about 1860s (2nd of 3)

Maire tawake, about 1860s

John Buchanan was a gifted botanist and botanical artist who accompanied James Hector on scientific expeditions in southern New Zealand. During his career he produced many pioneering papers and illustrations devoted to New Zealand's native plants. This is a cropped page from his notebook, showing his illustrated notes on maire tawake or swamp maire (Syzygium maire, formerly Eugenia maire). Buchanan moved with Hector to the Colonial Museum in Wellington in 1865. 

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: MS41 John Buchanan notebook, p. 5
Ink and wash drawing by John Buchanan

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Peter Clayworth, 'Life sciences - Beginnings, 1769–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014