Story: European discovery of plants and animals

Moss

Moss

Archibald Menzies, the surgeon on board the Vancouver, which visited Fiordland in 1791, collected mosses, ferns and liverworts at Dusky Sound. This moss (Hypnum menziesii) was named after him. Menzies passed his collections to the British botanical publisher William J. Hooker, who collated them in his book Musci exotici (1818–20). The title is Latin for ‘Exotic mosses’.

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Reference: William Jackson Hooker, Musci exotici. Vol. 1. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1818–20, plate 33

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John Andrews, 'European discovery of plants and animals - Cook’s second voyage, and the French', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/10942/moss (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by John Andrews, published 24 Sep 2007