Plants of Northern Thailand: An Ethnobotanical Exhibition by Southern Lisu speakers

Do you need to feel more connected to nature? Join us for a fascinating ethnobotanical exhibition launch, to take place as a part of Dr Holly Seller’s PHD research at La Trobe University.

This exhibition features plant specimens collected during field trips in Thailand. The collection forms a botanical corpus of more than 300 scientific plant identifications, along with their vernacular names in the Southern Lisu language and their uses.

The Lisu people are a non-Thai minority living in the mountainous northern region of Thailand and mostly speak the Southern Lisu dialect. Southern Lisu plant names often encode information about the plants such as taste, effect, smell and appearance (with one even describing a specific plant’s germination process).

Exhibition Dates: Friday 14 October to Thursday 3 November, from 4 to 6 pm

Location: Second Floor, Borchardt Library, La Trobe University (Bundoora Campus)