Author(s): Glyn Church
Plant Icons of New Zealand is a beautiful book that examines over 40 of New Zealand's iconic plant species. The book includes lively text from popular garden writer Glyn Church and superb photographs from Pat Greenfield, whose work appears in books, magazines, calendars and, most recently, on stamps. It is a wonderfully attractive gift book for New Zealanders and tourists who want to know about the plants that have defined the New Zealand landscape, from the mighty kauri of Northland to the stunning pohutukawa, to the ancient beech forests and the evocative tussock lands of the high country. The text covers both botanical and cultural information on the plants, and a good geographical spread is ensured with plants from all parts of New Zealand. Plant Icons of New Zealand is a blend of natives and exotics: some are so common that they dominate the landscapes they inhabit, while others have become famous, or 'iconic', for other reasons.
Cabbage tree; Flax; Kauri; Pohutukawa; Rata; Puriri; Karaka; Rimu; Totara; Kahikatea; Manuka; Tree ferns; Nikau; Toetoe; Raupo; Beech; Rewarewa; Kowhai; Mangrove; Tussock; Vegetable sheep; Mt Cook lily; Matagouri; Norfolk Island pine; Monterey pine (Pinus radiata); Gorse; Macrocarpa; Poplar; Willow; Kiwifruit; Ryegrass; Supplejack; Poor Knights Lily; Kumara; Bracken fern; Lancewood; Chatham Island forget-me-not; Perching lily; Rangiora