Join Andrew Thornhill on a tour of Australia’s most dominant plant group as he celebrates the diversity of 124 species of eucalypts growing in Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park.
Along the way, you’ll discover the specific characteristics that define different eucalypts and explore the incredible evolutionary history of the group. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions along the way.
Andrew is a research botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide. His research interests for the last 15 years have been in the eucalypts and the family that they occur in, Myrtaceae. In 2019 Andrew and his co-authors published the first almost complete species level eucalypt phylogeny showing how all eucalypt species are related to each other. Andrew has also published research on the pollen and fossil history of the eucalypts as well as some of the insects that form galls on the eucalypts.
Meet at the Friends' Gate off Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide Botanic Garden about 10 minutes before the start time. It will go for approximately 90 minutes. Please wear sturdy shoes. There is ticketed parking along Plane Tree Drive. See you soon!