Plants of South Africa
Join us for a lecture by Elsa Pooley who will speak about the high altitude plants of the Drakensberg and Lesotho, many of which are known in gardens in the northern hemisphere. This is the only ‘alpine’ region in southern Africa and is part of the Maputaland, Pondoland ‘hot spot’ – centre of plant endemism. South Africa has a particularly rich flora with high levels of endemism, which, matched with the varied geology and wonderful landscapes, makes it a remarkable area of study. Ms. Pooley's talk will provide a scenic overview of KwaZulu-Natal, from 3300m peaks, to highest forested coastal sand dunes in the world with coral reefs offshore – from the deeply incised river gorges and forests of Pondoland in the south to the broad African rivers of Maputaland and big five territory.
The lecture will be held in the Nevin Welcome Center Ten Eyck Room and is free thanks to support from Cornell's Department of Horticulture, the Ithaca Children's Garden and Cornell Plantations.