New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands - 2008

successfully relocated from the smaller rocky outpost islands and they too are making a steady comeback from local extinction. DOC is justly proud of the success it has attained in all these islands and on Campbell in particular. So, what are “megaherbs?” The cool and detached scientific definition says that megaherbs are herbaceous perennial wildflowers endemic to these Subantarctic Islands. They are very large plants with huge leaves and enormous flowers of unusual colors. The scientists add that these plants can grow to such large proportions due to the fact that they evolved in the absence of herbivorous predators—mammalian or insectivorous. Herbaceous is defined as having the quality of plants whose stems do not produce woody textures or structures. They also tend to die back each season but return when the growing conditions needed reappear. All the scientific wording escaped our minds as our eyes were dazzled by the beauty of the meadows blanketing the valley through which we struggled along muddy, slippery paths criss-crossed by the grasping leaves and tendrils of the often waist-high plants around our ankles and knees! There were the brilliant fuzzy yellow spires of the golden lily at least 8 inches tall. They were so numerous that from a distance the whole landscape appeared to be golden-yellow. But interspersed among them were the enormous deeply erose faces of the lavender Campbell Island daisies, staying closer to the ground but clustering together to create banks of beauty! Darker purples interrupted the

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