Vegetation of New Zealand
New Zealand, with its isolation from other lands, and latitudes ranging from the subtropical to subantarctic, has a unique and highly diverse vegetation. Peter Wardle's comprehensive and generously illustrated account of this vegetation provides a wealth of information on its origins, ecology, biogeography and community structure. The volume begins by considering the origins and ecological features of the unique native flora. Also discussed are factors which shape the vegetation, such as landscape, climate, historical events and, not least, human impact. Each of the major categories of vegetation are then described, including communities of both native and naturalised plants and the vegetation of the remote outlying islands of the New Zealand archipelago. Concluding chapters summarise ecophysiological aspects of the vegetation and discuss recent ecological processes such as disturbance, regeneration, invasion and succession. This major work will make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of New Zealand's plant life and will be essential reading for all those with an interest in vegetation, including professional and amateur botanists, ecologists and conservationists.
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ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF THE FLORA AND
PLANT FORM IN RELATION TO HABITAT
REPRODUCTIVE ASPECTS SEEDLING FORM AND
DESCRIPTION NOMENCLATURE AND CLASSIFICATION
GRASSLAND AND HERBFIELD
The vegetation of cliffs and similar land forms
Surville Cliffs near North Cape
THE ALPINE AND NIVAL BELTS
BIOMASS GROWTH NUTRITION AND TOLERANCES
SUCCESSION RETROGRESSION AND INVASION
DISTURBANCE REGENERATION AND TRENDS IN
abundant Aciphylla adventive Agrostis alpine altitudes Anisotome areas Astelia australis beech forest Blechnum Brachyglottis bracken broad-leaved bush canopy Carex Carmichaelia Celmisia Central Otago Chionochloa cliffs coastal colonised communities Coprosma Cyathodes Dacrydium cupressinum debris dense dominated Dracophyllum Dracophyllum longifolium dunes endemic Epilobium f f f ferns fertile Festuca filiramulate Fiordland Gleichenia dicarpa grasses grassland grazing Griselinia littoralis grows habitats heath Hebe herbfield herbs Hoheria Juncus kahikatea kamahi kauri Leptinella lower lowland lyallii mainly manuka Melicytus Metrosideros mixed forest mountain beech Muehlenbeckia Myrsine native North northern Nothofagus novae-zelandiae Olearia pasture peat penalpine Phormium Phyllocladus Phyllocladus alpinus pine plants Poa colensoi podocarps Pseudopanax Range Ranunculus Raoulia rata ridges rimu rocks Rytidosperma scrub seedlings seral shrubs silver beech slopes soils solandri South Island southern species Sphagnum stands subalpine swamps tall tawa terraces traversii trees tussock understorey valleys vegetation Volcanic Plateau Wardle Westland woody Zealand