The flora of central Cuba
Press release issued: 22 December 2010
Nick Wray, Curator at the University’s Botanic Garden will talk from a botanical perspective about his travels in Cuba at a talk on Thursday 20 January 2011.
The varied topography, climatic variation and soils have given rise to a rich diversity of flora, including the Cuban Royal Palm and the highly fragrant White Ginger, which is Cuba’s national flower, known as “mariposa blanca” literally “white butterfly flower”, due to its similarity with a flying white butterfly. Cuba has over 7,000 species of plants, 3,000 of which are native to the island.
Nick Wray, talking about his trip, said: “The island’s isolation from much of the world over the past 40 years has produced a unique landscape, rich in rural communities and sustainable agriculture.”
Botanical travels in Cuba organised by the University’s Botanic Garden will take place on Thursday 20 January 2011 at 7.30 pm in the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences, Room B75, Woodland Road, Bristol.
Admission is £3 for non-members, free to Friends of the Garden.
Further information is available from the Botanic Garden, tel 0117 331 4906 or email email@example.com