The purpose of this volume is to summarise in convenient form our present knowledge of the genus Meconopsis. Since the publication of the last authoritative
enumeration, that of Sir David Prain issued in 1915, the continued discovery
of new species and the introduction of some of them to gardens, together with the
accumulation of much additional information regarding those already known,
have emphasised the need for a new critical review and the necessity for a revision
of certain opinions currently held. At the same time there appears to be little
doubt that considerable modification of the system now presented will be necessary when botanical exploration is carried into the many areas not yet investigated.