The Vegetation of New Zealand

The Vegetation of New Zealand

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When botanist Leonard Cockayne (1855-1934) first received an invitation from the German publisher Engelmann to write an account of the botany of New Zealand, much of it was still unknown. He spent the period from 1904 to 1913 immersed in fieldwork, and his first edition was not published until 1921. In this 1928 second edition Cockayne extensively updates the text, adding the results of further research from the intervening years. This work gives detailed descriptions of New Zealand's plant life, but Cockayne also considers the history of botanical study of the islands, from Captain Cook's voyages in the eighteenth century onwards, and includes the arrival of colonial plant collectors and an overview of important publications by New Zealand botanists. The descriptions of vegetation cover the sea coast, the lowlands, mountains, and outlying islands, and there are extensive photographs, offering a comprehensive guide to New Zealand's more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 87 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139058606
  • 9781139058605

Table of contents

Preface; Preface to the second edition; Part I. Introduction: 1. Preliminary remarks; 2. History of botanical investigation; 3. Bibliography; 4. Sketch of the leading physiographical features of the region; 5. The climate of New Zealand; Part II. The Vegetation of Primitive and Semi-Primitive New Zealand: Section I. The Vegetation of the Sea-Coast: 1. General observations on the coastal-vegetation; 2. The leading physiognomic plants and their life-forms; 3. The autecology of the coastal plants; 4. The plant communities; Section II. The Vegetation of the Lowlands and Lower Hills: 1. Introductory remarks; 2. The leading physiognomic plants and their life-forms; 3. The autecology of the lowland plants; 4. The plant committee; Section III. The Vegetation of the High Mountains: 1. General remarks; 2. The leading physiognomic plants and their life-forms; 3. The autecology of the high-mountain plants; 4. The plant communities; Section IV. The Vegetation of the Outlying Islands: 1. The vegetation of the Kermadee Islands; 2. The vegetation of the Chatham Islands; 3. The vegetation of the subantarctic islands; Part III. The Effect of Settlement upon the Plant-Covering of New Zealand: 1. The introduced plants growing wild without cultivation; 2. The new vegetation; 3. Agriculture and horticulture in New Zealand; Part IV. The Flora of New Zealand, its Distribution and Composition: 1. The botanical subdivisions of the region; 2. The families, genera and elements of the flora; Part V. The History of the Flora: General; The problematical history of the flora; more