Pohutukawa and Rata: New Zealand's Iron-hearted Trees

Author(s): Philip Simpson

Maud’s Picks | Natural History

Pohutukawa and rata trees are among New Zealand's most beloved and recognisable national icons, symbolising summer, nationhood and our unique natural environment. Pohutukawa and Rata  : New Zealand's Iron-hearted Trees celebrates these unique trees - their place in the natural world, their importance to Maori, their role in symbolism, art, and design, and their many remarkable uses - as well as the threat they face today from possums, progress and people. Containing a wealth of new research, this book really does contain everything you ever wanted to know about pohutukawa and rata  , generously illustrated with over 400 archival and contemporary photographs, diagrams, maps and full-colour reproductions of New Zealand artworks.


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Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Environment Category 2006 and Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Montana Medal for Non-Fiction 2006.

Philip Simpson was raised on a farm and plant nursery in Takaka, where his love of New Zealand's native plants first took root. He studied plant anatomy at Canterbury and in 1968 was awarded a Regent's Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he wrote a PhD on the Joshua Tree. He has worked for DOC and is a founding member of Project Crimson. With his wife Wendy he runs a consultancy for ecological services and wine growing. His first book, the best-selling Dancing Leaves: The Story of New Zealand's Cabbage Tree - T? Kouka, won the Environment section of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2001.

General Fields

  • : 9780909010997
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : November 2004
  • : 280x230mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : near fine
  • : 346
  • : photos, diagrams, maps and NZ artworks
  • : Philip Simpson
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition