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Z: Ferns of the Azores

November 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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A talk by Fred Rumsey

Sitting close to the mid-Atlantic ridge are the nine small volcanic islands of the Azores. Officially discovered by the Portugese navigators in the 1430s and progressively settled over the next hundred years, the islands may only support a small number of native species but these show a high degree of endemicity. Curiously though, in contrast to the normal expectation, the endemic taxa are distributed across the archipelago and narrow single-island or point endemics are unknown. Dispersal to such remote islands has clearly been easier for spore-bearing plants and they accordingly dominate the vegetation. Floristically part of the Macaronesian region, along with Madeira and the Canaries, the rich fern flora shows greatest affinities to Europe but there is also a significant neotropical element.
In this talk I will introduce you to the islands, their landscapes and vegetation and the very special ferns to be found there. While concentrating on the native flora I will also look at some interesting invasive species and take a tour around some of the spectacular gardens which showcase the potential of these “favoured isles”.

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Date:
November 11, 2023
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Zoom

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Julian Reed
Alison Evans

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