Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Walking the Blooming Simpson’

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Thursday, 9 February 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In July-August 2016 Rosemary spent 3 weeks on a camel-supported walk in the central Simpson Desert in Qld and NT, collecting plants. Following rain in the preceding months, the desert was carpeted in wildflowers.  Rosemary will talk about the trip, focusing on the landscapes traversed, the species in flower, and daily life travelling with camels.

Dr Rosemary Purdie is a botanist with a predilection for arid environments. She has travelled extensively in Australia, collecting over 10,000 plant specimens that are lodged in the national and state herbaria, where they help contribute to scientific knowledge about Australian plants.