The meaning of Trees
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The history and use of New Zealand's native plants
A guide and gift book in equal measure, this treasure of a book pays homage to New Zealand's native plant species.
The Meaning of Trees tells the story of plants and people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Beautifully illustrated with botanical drawings, paintings and photographs, it shows us how a globally unique flora has been used for food, medicine, shelter, spirituality and science. From Jurassic giants to botanical oddballs - these are our wonderful native and endemic plants, in an exquisite hardback edition.
Praise for The Meaning of Trees:
'Robert Vennell makes wandering through our bush seem like a visit to a giant shopping centre. Over there is the kawakawa store, offering everything from an aphrodisiac to a gonorrhoea cure. Next door is the tutu cafe, where you can enjoy delicious wine or a refreshing laxative (though the seeds are deadly).
On the top floor is the matai bar, where the berries aren't to everyone's taste, but the bushman's beer is great. And round the corner is the miro health centre. Every plant has a story and the result is delightfully informative. 'Jim Eagles, Canvas
Robert Vennell lives, breathes and eats the New Zealand forest. He is the author of The Meaning of Trees, a history of New Zealand's plants and people. He works as a Collection Manager in the Natural Science department at Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira, collecting and preparing specimens for the natural science galleries. His background is in ecology and he has spent many hours wandering through the bush studying wild pigs and their impact on native flora and fauna.
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