One in 13 of New Zealand's native plants is now threatened with extinction. Six species have already, like the moa and the huia, gone for ever. This beautifully illustrated book combines precise botanical descriptions with lavish photography in describing 189 species officially designated by conservationists as extinct or threatened.
Peter de Lange is a threatened plant scientist with the department of conservation in New Zealand, focusing on taxonomy, genetics, ecology, and threat classification systems. Peter Heenan is a plant taxonomist with Landcare Research in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has served on the New Zealand Threatened Plant Panel since 1999. David Norton is a botanist and ecologist who heads the Rural Ecology Research Group in the New Zealand School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury. Jeremy Rolfe is a botanical photographer who has worked for New Zealand's department of conservation since its inception in 1987, working mainly on interpreting the natural sciences to the public. John Sawyer is a plant ecologist who has worked for the department of conservation in New Zealand for 16 years, focusing on the conservation of threatened plants.