Author(s): Lawrence James Metcalf
New Zealand has a unique and attractive native plant life that is of interest to everyone from gardeners and trampers to students of botany and ecology. Lawrie Metcalf introduces a selection of the most interesting, iconic and important New Zealand plants, spanning latitudes from subtropical to temperate, and altitudes from sea level to alpine mountaintop, describing their natural history and distinguishing features. Written with the novice in mind, the text is light and easy in tone, with simple language, and is accompanied by full-page, full-colour portrait photographs.
Lawrie Metcalf is one of the world's authorities on hebes and an award-winning horticulturist, well known for his commitment to conserving and promoting knowledge of New Zealand flora. He is the author of several books on New Zealand flora. His titles published by New Holland include two other photographic guides (Trees and Ferns), and Know Your New Zealand Trees.