New Zealand Flax is way cool because…

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Allan Yap Theatre

Included with museum admission or membership

With leaves that can reach two metres long and a flower stalk that can grow to a soaring five metres high, this is an impressive plant; however, the life that flourishes on and around the plant makes it even more remarkable. New Zealand flax provides food and shelter for a variety of organisms and the raw materials for textiles and medicines. This plant plays an important ecological and cultural role in New Zealand and has been transported around the world because of its functional and ornamental features. Jackie Chambers, Education and Outreach Manager of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, will guide you through the importance of this amazing plant.

This is part of the Way Cool Biodiversity Series.
Photo credits: Jackie Chambers