Our favourite reserve made it into last week’s NZ Epiphyte Network blog, courtesy of Waikato University’s Catherine Kirby.
On the hunt for a white-flowered rata (Metrosideros albiflora) , she came across a host of other treasures.
Catherine is a fan of epiphytes (sometimes known as air plants), and did her MSc thesis on them. “For me, the highlights of epiphyte research are the many unknows, the amazing way that these plants survive in the canopy, and of course, tree climbing!”
The last time this keen botanist was at the reserve she had a bunch of young students in tow for the Pukemokemoke Youth Biodiversity Day, story here.
Catherine Kirby works as a research support officer at Waikato University’s Environmental Research Institute.