Peter Latz (botanist)

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Peter Kenneth Latz, better known as Peter Latz (born 1941) is an agrostologist, botanist and author from Central Australia. He has published articles and books on Australian plants, particularly on arid grasses and vegetation.

Early life[edit]

Latz was born in Alice Springs in 1941 and grew up at the Hermannsburg Mission in Central Australia. His parents were Lutheran missionaries.

In his early adult life Latz worked as a stockman, road train driver, buffalo wrangler and stock inspector.[1] He worked as a ringer of Mount Riddock Station from 1959.[2]


Latz has a bachelor's degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Adelaide and a master's degree at the University of New England on the Aboriginal use of plants.[1]

Latz worked NT Parks and Wildlife for four decades, most recently at the Northern Territory Herbarium in Alice Springs. Latz developed the collection of the Alice Springs Herbarium with colleague David Albrecht, growing to more than 50,000 specimens.[3] Latz won a NT Landcare Award in 2015 in the Australian Government Individual Landcarer category.[4]

Latz regularly participates as a field researcher in the annual excavation program at the Alcoota Scientific Reserve.[5]


The standard author abbreviation Latz is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[6]

  • 1995 - Bushfires & Bush Tucker
  • 1999 - Pocket Bush Tucker
  • 2007 - The Flaming Desert: Arid Australia - A Fire Shaped Landscape
  • 2014 - Blind Moses: Arnda man of high degree and Christian evangelist


  1. ^ a b Latz, Peter (2014). Blind Moses: Arnda man of high degree and Christian evangelist. Alice Springs: Self-published. ISBN 9780992572709.
  2. ^ Latz, Peter (9 December 2014). "Being a cowboy: not all it's made out to be". Alice Springs News online. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ Moje, Christine. "Latz, Peter Kenneth (1941 - )". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Latz honoured as NT's top landcarer". Alice Springs News online. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  5. ^ Brain, Caddie (30 July 2012). "Giant fossil claw may be from ancient reptile". ABC News. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  6. ^ IPNI.  Latz.

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