forget-me-not

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Chatham Island forget-me-not ([i]Myosotidium hortensia[/i]) (left) shares a common ancestry with a northern hemisphere Mediterranean herb called navel wort ([i]Omphalodes verna[/i]) (right)

New paper explores the origin of Chatham Islands native flora

A major paper (Heenan et al. 2010) examining the origin of the Chatham Islands native flora has just been published in the June 2010 issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany. The paper written jointly by staff of Landcare Research, Department of Conservation, and Universities of Auckland, Lincoln and Otago explores the origin and diversification of 31 endemic land plants (ferns and flowering plants) of the Chatham Islands archipelago using DNA sequences pooled from a variety of independent unpublished studies.