A few weeks ago I had my mind blown at the John Child Bryophyte and Lichen workshop. I need to do some serious revision before I can share some of what I learnt but in the meantime, here is a photo blog about the vascular epiphytes I came across in the beautiful Kaimai ranges.
Watch this space for a beginner's account of bryophytes (I didn't even get close to learning about lichens). It is whole new world of awesome little plants and ecological relationships! If you are interested, I would highly recommend the annual John Child Bryophyte and Lichen workshop. In the meantime, there are lots of cool vascular species to discover in the Kaimai ranges so let us know if you do any summer epiphyting there!
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I work with NZ's native vascular epiphytes at the University of Waikato. I completed an MSc on epiphyte ecology and the shrub epiphyte Griselinia lucida and have recently published the Field Guide to NZ's Epiphytes, Vines & Mistletoes.