A new landmark publication for the South Pacific, Flora of the Cook Islands
by W. R. (Bill) Sykes
Flora of the Cook Islands is a complete account of plants found wild in the Cook Islands and plants common in cultivation. Descriptions and keys are provided for 108 fern species and 567 ﬂowering plant species. Of these, 104 ferns and 187 ﬂowering plant species are indigenous. The remainder are either naturalised or are found in cultivation. Of the native plants described, 26 species are found only in the Cook Islands. The remainder of the native species are shared mainly with the rest of East Polynesia or have a wider distribution. This Flora will be useful throughout Polynesia.
- 950 pages
- 185 colour images with an emphasis on the colourful garden flora
- 256 black and white drawings placed alongside descriptions
- Uses of plants, especially traditional medicinal uses
- Introduction history for many naturalised and important crop species like coconut and bananas
- Cook Island names of plants provided, often several for a plant species
Bill Sykes is a retired botanist living in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was formerly a botanist at the Department of Scientiﬁc and Industrial Research (DSIR) Botany Division at Lincoln (now the Allan Herbarium, Landcare Research). Bill previously published ﬂoras of Niue (1970) and the Kermadec Islands (1977). He was a co-author of the 1988 Flora of New Zealand series volume on naturalised plants of New Zealand and contributed the section on bamboos to the New Zealand grass Flora in 2000.
Bill ﬁrst visited the Cook Islands in 1974, followed by eight later visits to research the Cook Islands flora. Flora of the Cook Islands has taken Bill 20 years to write.
Publication is by National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawai’i. It is a joint project of NTBG, Landcare Research, International Association of Plant Taxonomists, Canterbury Museum, and Smithsonian Institution.
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