Nothofagus Path

John Shortt-Smith

Adelaide, Australia

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Christmas Eve 2008, over Mt Hanson, near Twisted Lakes, approaching Scott-Kilvert Hut, rainy and cold: my kind of weather! Note the Nothofagus gunnii with variegated leaves down on the right, the family so-named because of its false resemblance to European beech. It played a significant role in theories notably developed by the great Joseph Hooker regarding both evolution and the interconnection of Southern land masses (the latter rejected at the time even by Darwin). Only more recently has DNA testing confirmed that it (and the NZ and South American relatives) are indeed distinct from from the European beech after which these plants were initially named – hence now the name Nothofagus – “false beech”.

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