Author(s): Michael Bayly
This book is the most comprehensive guide yet to the identification, classification, and biology of the flowering plant genera Hebe and Leonohebe. Hebes are grown throughout the world. Of 88 wild species, all but three are endemic to New Zealand. This book focuses on hebes found in the wild and provides keys to identify all taxa - 88 species of Hebe and five of Leonohebe. For each species, the book dedicates two pages of detailed information, photographs, and distribution maps. General chapters discuss evolution, reproductive biology, conservation, and other topics. This is an indispensable reference for professional botanists, conservation managers, gardeners, students, and plant photographers.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Reference & Anthology Category 2007 and NZ Society of Authors Best First Book Award Non-Fiction Category 2007.
Mike Bayly and Alison Kellow have written many scientific papers on the classification and evolution of Hebe. The pair researched and wrote An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Hebes while employed as Research Scientists at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Currently, Mike is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne's School of Botany and Alison is a Research Scientist at Te Papa. They are married and live in Melbourne with their daughter Frances.