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This is a second-hand hardcover book

Condition: There is light age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover and to the first and last page. There is a bookstores name and contact details stamped tidily at the bottom of the first page. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 155 x 240 mm
Pages: 234
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 1991 first edition


New Zealand’s Economic Native Plants
By R.C. Cooper & R.C. Cambie

The native flora of New Zealand is to be treasured not only as among the most ancient in the world but also as a valuable resource. The authors draw on their knowledge of traditional Maori usage, scientific research, and economic developments in this account of past, present, and possible future uses of many of New Zealand's plants.

The authors conduct a critical review of the materials and products which can be obtained from plants, and of the planting of some species for physical effect. Many of the applications they examine are in chemistry (dyestuffs, tannins, resin acids, alkaloids) and horticulture (plants for gardens and conservatories); others concern the extraction or manufacture of medicinal products, food and beverages, fibres, essential oils, and perfumes. Plants may check erosion or slow run-off, and are always of scenic value. Grasses can be used for pasture or turf; microalgae are important oxygenators of sewage ponds. Lichens fix atmospheric nitrogen, vital to the well-being of forests, themselves a source of timber.

Plants are listed with common, scientific, and Maori names, and there is a comprehensive index of chemical terms. The book is illustrated with photographs both of paintings and actual specimens.


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