The State Herbarium is geeking out by selecting two native South Australian plants to celebrate Valentine’s Day — Alyogyne hakeifolia (Giord.) Alef. and Arthropodium strictum R.Br. Common names of these two species include Desert Rose and Chocolate Lily. The Australian endemic Alyogyne is closely related to the rose mallows (Hibiscus) and the flowers of Arthropodium gets its common name from having a scent reminiscent of chocolate or vanilla. We have photographed a couple of our herbarium specimens to share these plants with you.
Ferdinand Bauer (1760 – 1826) was an Austrian born botanical illustrator. At the turn of the 19th century he was one of six scientists selected to join Capt. Matthew Flinders in the scientific expedition that would chart Australia’s coastline and document its flora and fauna. Robert Brown was the botanist of the expedition. Bauer returned to England in 1805 with sketches of more than 1500 plants.
Please drop in at the Flinders University City Gallery on the ground floor of the State Library of South Australia. The exhibition runs from 3 Dec. 2016 to 5 Feb. 2017. Opening hours are: Tue.–Fri. 11am–4pm, Sat. & Sun. 12am–4pm. Note also the public lecture by Prof. David Mabberley on 3 Dec. 2016, 2pm (see exhibition poster below).
Top banner & exhibition poster: Ferdinand Bauer, Banksia coccinea from Illustrationes florae Novae Hollandiae, stipple engraved on copper, hand-coloured 1813, published 1989 by Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum (Natural History), London. Acquired by Flinders University with the support of the University of the Third Age in commemoration of Flinders University’s 50th Anniversary.
The Cobbler Creek BioBlitz will run from 9.00am – 9.30pm and will feature wildlife on display, searches for birds, wildflowers and mammals, plus spotlighting, nature play, nature poetry, nature art, kids sessions and bat detecting. The event is free but bookings are essential.
A full program and bookings are available online through “Eventbrite“
How do we love thee? Let us count the ways…
KI grass tree & green carpenter bee
Cath Canlon, Burrowing. Photo: Fine Art KI
Fine Art Kangaroo Island presents exciting new work by exceptionally talented, celebrated and emerging artists, interconnected by an extraordinary sense of place. 21 artists combine fascinating art with pristine natural environment to depict the vulnerable native bee and its reliance on the enigmatic, slow growing Xanthorrhoea. Remarkable for large areas of remnant vegetation, the island hosts a diversity of unique ecosystems, which provide refuge for this beautiful endangered buzz pollinator and rare tufted grass tree.
A wide variety of media are exhibited, ranging from jewelry and sculpture, to prints, painting and photographs.
The exhibition runs until 28 August 2016. Opening hours are: Mon–Fri 8am–9pm, Sat & Sun 9am–9pm.