This book details the extraordinary past and present of Banks Peninsula plant life, using vivid drawings and photographs, clear maps, and entertaining text. It will appeal to keen plants people and professional botanists alike. Author and illustrator, eminent botanist Hugh Wilson has lived most of his life on or near the Peninsula. This book is the culmination of 30 years work, a labour of love designed to inform and delight a wider public about the richly diverse plants of Banks Peninsula.
The book was released in October 2013.
It is 420 pages in Landscape format (260mm by 240mm); there are over 500 detailed drawings
with over 160 in full colour; and over 60 colour photographs.
Click here to view a PDF of a few sample pages.
Banks Peninsula is a remarkable volcanic landform jutting into the Pacific from the eastern flank of New Zealand's South Island. Once forested, the land was stripped of nearly all its trees and much of its original wildlife by two consecutive tsunamis of human colonisation, Polynesian and European. However, the Peninsula remains a unique, biodiverse landscape on the doorstep of the South Island's largest city, Christchurch. Against all odds it continues to sustain an astonishing array of flora and fauna.
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