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Threatened plants of southern Africa runs from 6-27 July

An exhibition of botanical art from private collectors and new work by BAASA members, curated by Mary van Blommestein, to be held at UCT Irma Stern Museum from 6-27 July. It features rare and endangered plants on the Red List of South African Plants and aims to encourage engagement in sustainable conservation to ensure their continued survival. A collaborative event with an interactive programme, including walkabouts, workshops for children, and choral music.

Use a touchscreen to discover connections between botanical art and the work undertaken by CREW volunteers.

More than 2 500 plant species are threatened with extinction in South Africa making it one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. In 2003 a sustainable conservation initiative, CREW: Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers, was established under the auspices of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). A partnership between the professional botanists of SANBI, and volunteer citizen scientists from the Botanical Society of South Africa, CREW aims to document and monitor the status of threatened plants and contribute towards the annual updating of the Red List of Southern African Plants. To date, twenty five new species have been discovered whilst others, such as Serruria fuscellata, formerly thought to be extinct, have been re-discovered, propagated and successfully re-introduced into the wild.

Look back in time and get a glimpse of fynbos pollen grains viewed through a microscope from cores of sediment dating to 10 000 years ago.

For an online catalogue of botanical art on sale - goes live on date of opening (6 July).

On Wednesdays a pop-up tearoom will be available from 10.30 am-12.30 pm and walkabouts will be offered at 11 am.

VOX Cape Town, directed by John Woodland, will present a rich bouquet of botanically inspired choral music, including Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs, on 20 and 27 July at 11 am. Tickets: R150 include entry to the museum and a complimentary glass of wine. Bookings:

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Posted: 2019/07/27 (01:34:33 PM)


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