Plants that Poison: A New Zealand Guide.
Henry Connor and John Fountain. 2009. ISBN: 9780478093988. 112 pp., illustrated
in color. Paperback. $45.00
Written by a leading authority on poisonous plants and an expert in human poisonings, Plants that Poison: a New Zealand Guide is a guide to a selection of plants and mushrooms with toxic
properties that can be found in New Zealand – in back yards, public gardens, school playgrounds, on roadsides and in waste ground. With a particular focus on plants that are of concern for children, the emphasis is on safety through education, to help you understand the risks so that you can avoid them. There is advice on what to do if you think you or your child has eaten something poisonous, and a section on toxic mechanisms – how the poisons act on the human body, the signs and symptoms of poisoning, and the treatment likely to be necessary. Enlivened with historical background and interesting folklore, and comprehensively illustrated with colour photographs to aid identification, this book provides a practical and measured response to demand for information about poisonous plants in New Zealand.
Seeds of New Zealand - gymnosperms & dicotyledons. Colin J. Webb & Margaret J. A. Simpson. 1991. This guide provides, for the first time, an account of the seeds and other persistent parts of fruits for New Zealand plants. It covers the native gymnosperms and dicotyledons, but not the monocotyledons which will be treated in a companion volume. It includes more than 1750 illustrations, representing all the seed types in these plant groups, as well as descriptions and keys to aid identification. Because seeds survive long after most plant parts have deteriorated, the guide will assist in many sciences: in analysing diet from the gut, gizzard contents or faeces of mammals or birds, recreating past plant distributions from deposits in bogs or soils, and determining native food and crop plants at archaeological sites. And because seeds are relatively conservative structures in terms of their evolutionary diversification, it will also provide a wealth of information of use in plant identification and classification—a critical science for conservation of biodiversity.165 plates, 9 in full colour, 428 pages, 297x210mm, ISBN 0-9583299-3-1. hard cover, $90.00
Kermadec Islands Flora - Special Edition. 4/2000. W R Sykes, C J West, J E Beever, & A J Fife. A compilation of modern material, intended to provide a single reference of the Kermadec flora to meet the need for up-to-date information and plant data. Softback. ISBN 0 478 09339 X. $59.95
Back in Print! Wetland Plants in New Zealand. P N Johnson & P A
Brooke. 1998 reprint. This is a facsimile reprint of Johnson and Brookes
classic work on the important and diverse wetland plant species of New Zealand.
Designed as a field guide, it illustrates both native and naturalised plants
of bogs, swamps, estuaries, and lakes, and covers the New Zealand botanical
region, i.e., the three main Islands, the Kermadecs, the Three Kings, the Chathams,
and the subantarctic islands including Macquarie. It covers ferns and their
allies, conifers, stoneworts, and flowering plants. Mosses, liverworts, and
lichens are not treated in this work. Superb line drawings complement the text
which describes key features, distributions, and habitats. This reprint includes
a new three-page section (plus references) of corrections and plant name changes
since the original 1989 edition. B&W drawings, some colour photos, 226pp,
250x160mm, spiral bound, ISBN 0-478-09321-7. $65.00
Fiji Soil Taxonomic Unit Description Handbook. D M Leslie & V B Seru. 1998. A two-volume reference for the 227 soil series identified and mapped in the national survey of Fiji. Included is comprehensive information about the physical, chemical, mineralogical properties of soils with geographical information about their occurrence and distribution. Climatological and topographical aspects of the soils are also covered. This is the primary document for correlation and reference, and has been prepared to assist scientists, extensionists, teachers and land managers who, in the course of their work, use soil maps and require detailed information about the soil resources of Fiji. +800pp, 297x210mm, softback, ISBN 0-478-09318-7 $50.00 set
An Illustrated Guide to Common Weeds of New Zealand. Roy, Popay, Champion, James & Rahman. 1998. A guide to identification of the common weeds in New Zealand, using colour photographs and simple text to allow anyone to easily identify weeds. Each plant is listed by both botanical and common names, and indexes to both names enable easy searching. A simple guide to flower colour and size helps indentification of plants when in flower. Favoured habitats are described, as well as distribution in New Zealand and the region in which the weeds originated. Additional comments on usefulness, toxicity and other interesting information are also included for many of the weeds. It will be a valuable reference for scientists, students, gardeners, and those working in industries affected by weeds. 282pp, 245x170mm, softback, $54.95 ISBN 0-473-05296-2
The comprehensive taxonomic guides to the flora of the New Zealand botanical region, for anyone who wishes to identify and name plants. An on-line table of the approximate number of plant species known in New Zealand is available from this page.
Flora of New Zealand -Desmids:
Botany of the Manawatu district of New Zealand. E. Esler. 1978. habitat descriptions, listing of genera, species, distributions. 206 p. few B&W photos. hardcover. $20.00- 3 copies left
Checklist of New Zealand Lichens. D J Galloway. 1992. A checklist and classification of New Zealand lichens is presented based on recently published phyetic schemes in the Ascomycotina, and on revisions of individual families and genera. The checklist comprises 274 genera (251 of lichen-forming fungi, and 21 of lichenicolous fungi),and 1190 taxa (1162 species, and 28 infraspecific taxa). Synonyms are given of all validly published lichen names based on New Zealand flora. Relevant recent literature sources are included, where applicable, under particular genera. 55pp, softback, $20.00- 2 copies left
Checklist of the Mosses of Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Landcare Research Science Series No. 17. B H Macmillan. 1996. This is the first checklist published on the mosses of Banks Peninsula, and pulls together previous research by many other botanists. It is a useful guide for the moss flora of most of the eastern South Island area, but also has applicability to mosses in New Zealand generally. It records 234 moss speciesnearly half the moss flora of New Zealandknown to be growing on the Banks Peninsula, and includes those which have been noted in the early literature from the Peninsula area. Discussion of physical features, climate, and vegetation of the Peninsula is provided. Herbarium voucher numbers are given, and reference is made to the earliest published record for each species. A comprehensive bibliography and an index of family and Latin names are included. some B&W photos, 80pp. softback, $25.00. ISBN 0-478-09302-0
Common Names of Plants in New Zealand. Compiled by E R Nicol. 1997. Plant names - whether Latin or English - cause problems for anyone involved in casual gardening, horticulture or botanical research. This handy and informative compilation contains over 6500 names - from Aaron's beard to Zulu nut - for cultivated and wild plants found in New Zealand, including many native species. The book contains two large lists: one with Latin equivalents given for common names, and a second listing ordered by scientific names from Abelia to Zostera for easy cross-referencing. This book will be of use to gardeners, nurseries and garden centres, botanists, and anyone working with or having an interest in plants. 115pp, softback, $29.95. ISBN 0-478-09310-1
Current Names of Wild Plants in New Zealand. By MJ Parsons, PCM Douglass & BH Macmillan. 1999. A list of botanical names in current use for wild plants in New Zealand, as used by the Plant Herbarium CHR at Landcare Research in Lincoln, Canterbury. Wild plants are defined as those that are indigenous to New Zealand or have been collected growing spontaneously outside a fenced area or as weeds in a sown or planted community. The list is based on the current revisions of the Flora of New Zealand volumes I IV (1961- 1988), and includes revisions up to 31 December 1995. Gymnospermae, Monocotyledonae (except grasses) and Dicotyledonae are covered. Each listing includes the current scientific name, authorities, common and/or Maori names if recorded, relevant Flora or journal reference, a distribution guide, and an indication of taxon status. This book is an ideal step into the Flora of New Zealand volumes, all of which are still in print. 1998, 206pp, 297x210mm, softback, ISBN 0-478-9319-5. $42.50
Flowering Plants of New Zealand. C J Webb, P N Johnson, & W R Sykes. 1990. A popular reference for everyone who appreciates New Zealand native and introduced plants. Covers all major New Zealand flowering plants families, and provides information on pollination, ecology and classification, with superb colour illustrations. The flowers themselves are a key to recognising the diverse families which have evolved independently, each with its own properties, uses, and appeal. Color photos, 146pp, hardback, $39.95.
Harakeke - the Rene Orchiston Collection (Revised Edition). S Scheele & G Walls. 1994. Over the centuries, Maori carefully selected, cultivated and exchanged New Zealand flaxes (Phormium tenax) with particular qualities for specialised uses, such as weaving. Rene Orchiston of Gisborne spent over 30 years tracking down, documenting and maintaining in cultivation as many of these traditional cultivars as could be found. Her collection forms the basis of a National Collection maintained by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research. This booklet is a catalogue of her fine collection, in which some 50 flaxes are described and particular uses noted. It provides an invaluable reference to anyone interested in growing and using these special plants. 24pp, 210x148mm, softback, ISBN 0-478-04507-7 $15.00
Kermadec Islands Flora - Special Edition. 4/2000. W R Sykes, C J West, J E Beever, & A J Fife. A compilation of modern material, intended to provide a single reference of the Kermadec flora to meet the need for up-to-date information and plant data. This new facsimile edition is based around Bill Sykes' original DSIR Bulletin 219, published in 1977 and now well out-of-print, and includes other material published since then from the New Zealand Journal of Botany, and Proceedings of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. Bill has also added a Preface discussing recent observations and published work of the area, a two-page colour photograph section, has corrected a few errors in the text, and added dates to as many of the B&W photos as possible. The original material was not available for reproduction, so the pages have been scanned with the best possible equipment and technology. This inevitiably results in some compromises, but extensive efforts have been made to ensure the best possible print quality has been used in the book. softback. ISBN 0-478-09339-X $59.95
Microalgae: Microscopic Marvels. Cooper, V.C. 1996. In this fascinating new book, Dr Cooper exposes and discusses the life-cycles, habitats, and roles of these important but little-known organisms. She covers: How do microalgae affect the planet? Are they vital producers of oxygen and food? What species are often found in lakes, ponds, rivers, and oceans? Where do they live? How ancient are they? Which species might kill animals on land, and fish or shellfish in the sea? Can we survive without them? All these topics are dealt with in a readable book of over 160 pages, accurately referenced and illustrated in colour and black & white: mainly from the author's own wide experience in and around New Zealand. Microalgae is not a compicated taxonomic text, but rather is designed to assist students at secondary and teriary level. It contains helpful information for those responsible for managin water quality, as well as for the interested lay public. A glossary and appendices are included, along with suggested questions and activities for school science classes. The author was a practising researcher for nearly forty years with the former DSIR in New Zealand and has published some 50 scientific papers during her working life. Now retired, she is an Honorary Research Associate of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research NZ Ltd. Color and B&W drawings, 164pp, softback, $50.00
New Zealand's economic native plants. R.C. Cooper & R.C. Cambie. 1991. 232 p.some color and B&W figures. Hardcover. $37.50 (not published by Manaaki Whenua)
Poisonous Plants in New Zealand. H E Connor. 1977. Poisonous plants in New Zealand are described, and many of them are illustrated. Gives details on the incidence of poisoning, the toxins, and the clinical signs that result when these plants are eaten or touched. An invaluable reference handbook for veterinarians, hospital casualty officers, botanists, and farm advisors. With its practical, easy to follow approach, the book also helps parents and farmers assess potential risks to their children and live-stock. A section on fungi poisonous to man and a section on blue-green algae toxic to livestock are presented. A separate index to common names is provided. 1977, B&W drawings, colour photos, 248pp, softback, $29.95. ISBN 0-477-01007. 2 copies left
Pollen Grains of New Zealand Dicotyledonous Plants. N T Moar. 1993. Descriptions and illustrations for the most important and numerous group of New Zealand's indigenous flowering plants - the Dicotyledons. An invaluable reference for all those involved and interested in pollen analysis. Accurate identification of pollen is an essential part of such diverse activities as studies of vegetation and climate history, determining floral sources of honey, forensic science, research into airborne allergens, and oil exploration. There are 71 full-page plates, each with approximately 15 light microscope or scanning electron microscope photographs, show particularly important features of the pollen grains. Some plates include views of grains from different angles to help identify individual species. A glossary of terms and an index with family names and synonyms specified is included. B&W drawings & plates, 200pp, hardback, $60.00. ISBN 0-478-04500-X.
Small Leaved Shrubs of New Zealand. Hugh Wilson and Tim Galloway. 1993. New Zealand has an extraordinary number of shrubs that have tiny leaves and a habit of interlacing branchlets. They belong to diverse botanical families, yet are superficially so similar that botanists, students, and naturalists despair of identifying them correctly. Author Hugh Wilson and illustrator Tim Galloway have brought their considerable strengths together to produce this richly and attractively illustrated field guide which will enable everyone to identify these plants correctly. It accurately describes in simple terms more than 230 species and illustrates 180 of them in 75 plates of line drawings and photographs. Identification is aided by a comprehensive key. Colour and B&W illustrations, 307pp, 217x154mm, hardback, $35.00 ISBN 0-473-01851-9
Southern Beeches. A L Poole. 1987. Discusses the ecology of the Nothofagus beech forests in the southern regions of the world - New Zealand, Australia, South America, Papua New Guinea, and New Caledonia. The importance of this Gondwana genus in contributing to studies on flowering plant evolution and migration routes is also covered. B&W drawings & photos, 148pp, softback, $27.50. ISBN 0-447-02510-2.
Techniques and Methods of Ethnobotany. D R Given & W Harris. 1994. This manual defines ethnobotany, discusses the subject's philosophy and principles, and considers the relationships between ethnobotany and the conservation of biodiversity. Topics covered include: The nature and purpose of ethnobotany; Initiating and executing ethnobotanical study; procedures for evaluation and application of results; Maintenance of biodiversity "insitu" and "ex situ"; Training, education and advocacy; Information sources and use; Evaluation and communication, and ethical guidelines. B&W photos, 148pp. softback, $27.00. ISBN 0-85092-405-7.
Threatened Plants of New Zealand. C M Wilson & D R Given. 1989. One out of ten New Zealand plants is under threat of extinction in the wild. As habitats have changed or disappeared, populations of some plants have dwindled to just a few individuals. This is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand's rare and endangered plants. Colour photos and precise botanical descriptions identify over 95 species that are most at risk. For ease of reference in the field, entries are arranged in groups: trees and shrubs, climbers and scramblers, herbaceous plants (including orchids, grasses, and sedges), ferns and fern-allies, and parasites and semi-parasites. The authors suggest strategies for conservation, and give a code of conduct for those who come across these plants in the wild. Colour photos, B&W drawings, 151pp, softback, $39.95. ISBN 0-477-02562-5
What Grass is That? N C Lambrechtsen. 1986.
Sets out, in easily understood keys and descriptions, the most obvious and constant
vegetative characteristics by which grasses may be recognised. Directed mainly
towards those with an interest in grasses but with limited botanical knowledge,
it covers a selection of the more common and economically important species.
1986, B&W drawings, 151pp, 210x148mm, softback, $24.95
ISBN 1-86956-072-8- 1 copy left!
Wild Plants of Mount Cook National Park. Hugh Wilson. 1996. In this field guide, Hugh Wilson, one of New Zealand's foremost naturalists, describes and illustrates all 545 species of conspicuous plants that occur in the Park and some less conspicuous lower plants. The attractive illustrations and simple descriptions will enable even non-botanists to identify the plants. The book will be useful throughout New Zealand, well beyond the boundaries of Mount Cook National Park. Colour and B&W illustrations, over 380pp, hardback, $40.00
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