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