The first volumes of Eagle's Trees and Shrubs of NZ were published in New Zealand in 1975 to universal acclaim, and quickly became classic references for New Zealand botanists and plant-lovers. This long-awaited new edition brings Audrey Eagle's botanical artworks together for the first time in over 40 years, depicting every native tree and shrub.
The books are full of new paintings, including 173 new species and subspecies, and bringing the total number of plants illustrated to more than 800. All plants are all depicted at life-size and include many detailed enlargements, showing all aspects of the twigs, flowers, fruit, nuts and flowers of each plant in technically superb detail.
Comprehensive notes, drafted in consultation with expert botanists from around New Zealand, provide up-to-date botanical and identification information on every plant, including descriptions and notes on habitat, distribution, synonymy and nomenclature.
An outstanding contribution to the study of botany in New Zealand and an essential addition to any library.
Audrey Eagle started her work with N.Z. native plants in 1952 with the goal of illustrating representatives of all genera of native trees and shrubs. Her efforts resulted in Eagle's Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand in Colour (1975) and a number of other books covering more species and varieties. Eagle was a foundation member, a committee member and a Chairman of the Waikato Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society and also a member of the Executive, the Nature Conservation Council and the Loder Cup Committee. In 1987, Eagle decided to complete the illustrations of every New Zealand woody native plant. The resulting illustrations and descriptions are Eagle's Complete Trees and Shrubs of