Taxonomy in the popular media

P. Hovenkamp hovenkamp at RULRHB.LEIDENUNIV.NL
Thu Jan 16 15:42:28 CST 1997

Dear all,

Then there is the heroine in "The Piano", who gets so bored with life in New
Zealand that she is actually seen leafing through a herbarium. As far as I
could make out, the film shows a perfectly  authentic Victorian New Zealand
fern herbarium, with, to my special gratification, a perfectly good specimen of
Pyrrosia eleagnifolia in it (only it wasn't called so then). She was dumb, but
not a blonde. Yours,
P. Hovenkamp
Rijksherbarium/Hortus Botanicus
The Netherlands
hovenkamp at

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