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Mystery plant leads to new book

23 November 2004

Mystery plant leads to new book

An enquiry from a bio security officer has led to a book on carex in Auckland.

Carex in Auckland-A Field Guide was written by former bio security officer Chris McKain and published by the Waitakere City Council.

The full colour, 48-page book was inspired when neither Chris nor Council Parks Officers could identify a plant outside the Ecomatters house in New Lynn. This led him to research the 31 species of carex in Auckland and he hopes that the result will help the public when they’re next at the garden centre.

The practical guide is meant for use in the field and has a description, full colour photo and line drawing of each species to assist with identification.

Others involved in production were Ewen Cameron, Curator of Botany at Auckland Museum, Mike Wilcox, President of the Auckland Botanical Society, Peter de Lange, Rhys Gardner and Paradigm Printing.

The booklet is free to Waitakere households and can be obtained by ringing the Council Call Centre on (04) 839 0400.


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