Iridescence in Plants - Matt Jacobs - Friends Lecture

16 February 2017, 7.30 PM - 16 February 2017, 9.00 PM

Matt Jacobs, University of Bristol

The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL

Matt is a 4th year PhD student at Bristol University, supervised by Dr. Heather Whitney, studying iridescence in Begonia. 

 In a biological context, the term iridescence describes colours which change with the viewing angle of the observer. Although a little behind research in animals, there appear to be lots of examples of iridescence in plants. Matt will discuss broadly the history and science of iridescence and illustrate with a number of examples in various species, including many familiar plants. Also a little about what purpose iridescence serves in plants and what we can learn from it.  As Matt says, “This subject lends itself to nice imagery and not too much jargon”.

This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

The lecture will be held at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL.

All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card. Visitors will be asked for a donation (suggested £5). Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns. No booking necessary.

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible. Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps. If you require support due to a disability please email:

Image for Matt Jacobs Friends Lecture in Feb 2017

Iridescence in a Begonia Leaf