An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Hebes

Authors: Michael Bayly and Alison Kellow (with contributors)
Photographer: Bill Malcolm

Publication date: August 2006

NZ RRP (incl. GST): $99.99
Extent: 350 pp
Illustrations: 100 full-colour, 50 line drawings
Format: 285mm x 205mm
Binding: HB
ISBN: 978-0-909010-12-6

Out of print.

This book is the most comprehensive guide yet to the identification, classification, and biology of hebes. These flowering plants are remarkably diverse and inhabit wild areas from the coast to the mountains. They are also popular garden plants around the world.

The book includes Hebe, New Zealand’s largest plant genus, and the related genus Leonohebe. It provides keys to identify all wild species – 88 of Hebe and five of Leonohebe.

For each species, the book provides detailed information, photographs, and distribution maps. General chapters discuss evolution, reproductive biology, conservation, and other topics. This is an indispensable reference for botanists, gardeners, conservation managers, plant photographers, and students.


‘Amazingly, a volume that is so comprehensive and scholarly is wonderfully attractive and accessible. All involved in its production, the authors, photographer, Te Papa Press and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are to be congratulated on it, and in providing such a book at a very reasonable price.’
– Barbara Briggs, Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, September 2006
‘If your main need is an identification manual to Hebe (minus Heliohebe) you will not be disappointed. If you want a detailed, information-packed, up-to-date, beautifully presented account of New Zealand’s most species-rich genus of flowering plants, I think you will be delighted.’
– Hugh Wilson, New Zealand Botanical Society Newsletter, September 2006