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Field Trip to Flat Top Hill, Central Otago

Saturday 7th October, 2017

Start time: 8:00 AM

Finish time: 6:00 PM

Flat Top Hill is just that—a flat top hill, about 11 km long, parallel to State Highway 8 on one side and Lake Roxburgh on the other and located just south of Alexandra. It rises gently to a flat crest dotted with schist tors and comprises a broad range of dry vegetation types which host a number of unusual species, including several small summer annuals. We will be concentrating on the drier, northern end which includes Butchers Dam with its own suite of aquatic plants, and palaeosols with some seldom seen saline-loving species. Involves a two and a half hour drive from Dunedin so meet at Botany Department car park 8:00 am returning 6:00 pm.

Contact John Steel, phone: 021 2133170.