The idea became a reality when the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Waikato gave it the backing it needed. Three years on and with the help of 43 photographers and 10 reviewers, including Professors John Dawson and Gerhard Zotz, it is almost done!
The Field Guide to New Zealand's Epiphytes, Vines and Mistletoes by Catherine Kirby features 268 pages, 103 species and 320 superb photographs. It is being released at a special launch on the 11th of December 2014.
Each species description includes details on the key features of the plant, its habitat, flowering and fruiting times (where applicable), threats and identification clues.
Many people from around New Zealand and the world were extremely kind in donating their photos to the publication. The full colour, high quality images are essential for identification and make the book very user-friendly.