Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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The Forest Flora of New Zealand

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1889

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Botany Department, University of Otago

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Wellington: George Didsbury, Government Printer

Abstract

This volume is Eleanor Lillywhite Hellaby’s own copy of Thomas Kirk’s The Forest Flora of New Zealand. It was given to her by her sister Rose, and then gifted to the Botany Department at the University of Otago in 1964. The instantly recognisable plant featured is a species of kowhai or Sophora. A member of the legume family, the kowhai’s naked branches flower from August to October and are said to herald the coming of spring. The flowers are a favourite food of the tui and bellbird and are considered by some to be the national flower of New Zealand. Indeed, Botany has adopted the kowhai as their Department motif.

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Thomas Kirk, “The Forest Flora of New Zealand,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed August 14, 2022, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8737.

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