Don't forget the forget-me-nots

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1. Please provide a brief summary of your video and research.

The flora of Aotearoa is unique. About 80% of our ~2500 native trees, ferns and flowering plants are only found here. They are our precious tāonga, the rich biodiversity we are all proud of.

However, we still haven’t even given names to all of our native plant species. What’s more, about 37% of them are threatened with the risk of extinction - and that’s only counting the named ones.

The science of taxonomy has a simple goal. To identify, describe and name our precious treasures. The species that share this land with us. Because what we don't know, we can't protect.

Recently my research has focused on the pygmy forget-me-nots in the genus Myosotis. Did you know we have over 40 species of forget-me-not native to New Zealand? By studying the morphology and the genetic relationships of the pygmy forget-me-not group we have learned that what we once thought to be one or two species, is in fact several species. Some of which are threatened with extinction.

Taxonomy plays a critical role in protecting our unique biodiversity.

My video highlights the importance of taxonomy to conservation in New Zealand, using my research on our native forget-me-nots (Myosotis; Boraginaceae) as an example.

Thanks to Chris McDermott who shot and edited this video, and Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua for support. 

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Cathy Jones
over 2 years ago

I like your video very much, and am looking forward to seeing the results of your taxonomic work. Best wishes, Cathy Jones

Jessie Prebble
over 2 years ago

Thank you Cathy! And thanks to everyone who is voting and sharing, really appreciate it.

Peter Buchanan
over 2 years ago

Great video Jessie, showcasing your research in botany and conservation of our biodiversity.

Mark Crompton
over 2 years ago

Well done Jessie - all best wishes for your work.

M. Montserrat Martínez-Ortega
over 2 years ago

Hi Jessie, I really enjoyed your video. All the best and greetings from Spain!

Jon Fergus
over 2 years ago

Very well constructed Jessie, a delight to see the small plants recognized.

Frank Molinia
over 2 years ago

Excellent video Jessie, highlighting the value of this important on-going work.

Richard Falkner
over 2 years ago

Keep up the great work! I'd love to have some in my garden if they are available somewhere and would grow... Natives always welcome!

Ilse Breitwieser
over 2 years ago

Well done, Jessie! It demonstrates the importance of your research

Anne Austin
over 2 years ago

Thanks, Jessie, that was really interesting. All the best.

Teresa Herleth
over 2 years ago

OH, MY gosh that was super epic...!! You're famous! I love the video its so professional. I and totally will never forget the little forget-me-nots. So proud of you. Hope I've voted correctly. WOOOOOHOOO Jessie, you go girl!

Renny Bishop
over 2 years ago

Great work!

Jessica Beever
over 2 years ago

All the best to my namesake :-) . Ngā mihi nui. Jessica

Sally Prebble
over 2 years ago

Jessie, your video is beautiful! Your work is amazing too. It's so wonderful to have a sneaky preview into your cool research!

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over 2 years ago

Yay - keep fighting for the small plants! Actually, all the plants!

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Kia ora, I am a plant systematist working at Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua in Lincoln, New Zealand. I recently completed my PhD studying New Zealand native forget-me-nots (Myosotis, Boraginaceae...

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