The Mt Cook lily (Ranunculus lyallii) was first described by surgeon David Lyall, who sailed around New Zealand on the Acheron in 1848. It is not in fact a lily but a buttercup – the world’s largest. Lyall was particularly interested in the so-called ‘lower’ groups of plants, such as mosses and lichens.
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Photograph by Rod Morris
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