Pursuing Plants in Peru
Thanks in part to the Herbarium Endowment through the UW’s Burke Museum, we have both traveled to northern Peru to seek out and collect our plants. Both of us were lucky enough to have been joined, on our separate trips, by Peruvian botanist Segundo Leiva, director of the Herbarium at the Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego (UPAO) in Trujillo. Segundo is a great field botanist, his passion for and knowledge of the Peruvian flora are extraordinary. The focus of Segundo’s systematic research is Jaltomata, a wild relative of the domestic potato and tomato.
Two years later, Segundo is back in good spirits and back in the field, working hard to bring in new specimens for his collections. We look forward to many more years of friendship with him and his students, exploring and collecting the hills of northern Peru.
Jan. 13, 2012; Pat Lu-Irving and John Chau. Photos by Pat, John, Segundo Leiva, and Tom Mione.
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