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A Guide to Flowers & Plants of Tasmania (Fifth Edition)Artist/Author: Launceston Field Naturalists Club
Now in its fifth edition, the phenomenally successful A Guide to Flowers & Plants of Tasmania has been in print since 1981. This beautifully illustrated guide has been extensively revised, with an additional 30 species, updated text and many new pictures, some of which are full page, adding even more vibrancy and interest to the book. It is an invaluable companion and reference for bush walkers, tourists and all those interested in the Tasmanian countryside. For ease of identification, each of the 300 species described is illustrated by one or more photographs. The text includes all the information necessary to help identify the plants: size, description, flowering time, appearance of the flowers and other parts of the plant, and the type of habitat where you may expect to find them. The book also includes an introduction to the vegetation of Tasmania, diagrams of leaf shapes and the parts of a flower, and a glossary of common terms.
Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Plant KingdomArtist/Author: Jose, Sarah (Author), Chris Clennett (Contributor)
A unique and beautiful children’s guide to the extraordinary world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees.
We couldn’t live without plants. We need them for food, shelter, even the air we breathe, yet we know surprisingly little about them. Why do thistles bristle with spines? How do some plants trap and eat insects? Did you know there are trees more than 5,000 years old? Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds explores the mysterious world of plants to find the answers to these and many more questions.
Each type of plant – such as a flowering plant, a tree, a grass, or cactus – is examined close-up, with an example shown from all angles and even in cross-section. Then picture-packed galleries show the wonderful variety of plants on different themes, perhaps the habitat they grow in, a flower family, or the plants that supply us with our staple foods. But Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds also takes a fun, more sideways look at some truly weird and wonderful plants, including trees with fruits like a giant’s fingers, orchids that look like monkey faces, seeds that spin like helicopters, and trees that drip poison.
So open this fascinating book and find out more about the amazing world of trees, leaves, flowers, and seeds.
Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and GardenersArtist/Author: Nardi, James B
Leonardo da Vinci once mused that “we know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot,” an observation that is as apt today as it was five hundred years ago. The biological world under our toes is often unexplored and unappreciated, yet it teems with life. In one square meter of earth, there lives trillions of bacteria, millions of nematodes, hundreds of thousands of mites, thousands of insects and worms, and hundreds of snails and slugs. But because of their location and size, many of these creatures are as unfamiliar and bizarre to us as anything found at the bottom of the ocean.
Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred colour illustrations and masterfully-rendered black and white drawings throughout, Life in the Soil invites naturalists and gardeners alike to dig in and discover the diverse community of creatures living in the dirt below us. Biologist and acclaimed natural history artist James B. Nardi begins with an introduction to soil ecosystems, revealing the unseen labors of underground organisms maintaining the rich fertility of the earth as they recycle nutrients between the living and mineral worlds. He then introduces readers to a dazzling array of creatures: wolf spiders with glowing red eyes, snails with 120 rows of teeth, and 10,000-year-old fungi, among others. Organized by taxon, Life in the Soil covers everything from slime moulds and roundworms to woodlice and dung beetles, as well as vertebrates from salamanders to shrews. The book ultimately explores the crucial role of soil ecosystems in conserving the worlds above and below ground.
A unique and illustrative introduction to the many unheralded creatures that inhabit our soils and shape our environment above ground, Life in the Soil will inform and enrich the naturalist in all of us.
Nikulinsky Unfolded: XanthorrhoeaArtist/Author: Nikulinsky, Philippa
Take a walk with internationally renowned artist Philippa Nikulinsky through the Great Victoria Desert. In an artwork painted on a continuous piece of Japanese kozo paper, Nikulinsky depicts the regeneration process of the iconic grass tree (Xanthorrhoea thorntonii). It unfolds through time to show the elegance of unburnt leaves, and in contrast the stark drama of bushfire-wrought sand dunes.
This concertina book unfolds fully to a length of over four metres, making it unique for lovers of art and nature.
Flora of the Sydney Region (Fifth Edition)Artist/Author: Pellow, Belinda J, Murray J Henwood and Roger C Carolin
The fifth edition Flora of the Sydney Region is the definitive technical guide to the identification of wild plants in one of the world’s botanical heartlands. The Flora covers an area of coastal New South Wales stretching from Newcastle to Nowra and west to Lithgow. This comprehensive treatment contains diagnostic keys and descriptions that make it possible for the reader to identify any of the 3000 indigenous or naturalised plant species found in this botanically diverse region. The identification keys efficiently guide the reader through those plant characteristics necessary to arrive at the correct scientific name. The identification process is further aided by a glossary and an extensive index of scientific and common plant names. Species descriptions include habitat details and flowering times. An instructive introduction provides support for the novice botanist. When first published in 1963, Flora of the Sydney Region was the only complete regional Flora in Australia. This fully revised edition of the Flora incorporates the wealth of botanical research which has taken place since the publication of the fourth edition in 1994. As a trusty field guide and authoritative desktop reference, it will be a constant companion to environmental consultants, amateur and professional botanists, ecologists, bushwalkers, bush regenerators and teaching institutions.
The Boab Tree (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Lowe, Pat
That ‘colossus of the bush’, the boab tree, has long intrigued visitors to the Kimberley. Where did it come from? How long does it live? With its strong branches and gnarled trunk, the boab is a minor ecosystem, providing shade and shelter for other lives. Native bees and bagmoths, lizards and nesting birds, cattle and human beings, the boab embraces them all. Some aged boabs bear scars from long-past visitors: Aboriginal engravings, Muslim prayer alcoves, the name of a ship, the trace of an explorers’ camp, a desperate message to absent comrades. Pat Lowe is a keen observer of the natural world. In this book she takes us through the science and history of the boab and into a realm of stories about the Kimberley’s most beloved tree.
Australian Rainforest Seeds: A Guide to Collecting, Processing and PropagationArtist/Author: Dunphy, Mark, Steve McAlpin, Paul Nelson, Michelle Chapman, Hugh Nicholson
Have you ever wondered how to grow your own rainforest trees? Is there a beautiful tree that you have always wanted to collect and propagate the seed from? Are you in the business of ecological restoration, rainforest propagation or environmental education?
This long-awaited guide to rainforest seed propagation unlocks the secrets to growing 300 rainforest species. Providing specific information on how to sustainably collect, process and germinate seeds, this user-friendly book aims to support a growing movement of rainforest restoration.
With invaluable information based on 30 years of research in northern New South Wales, users will find even difficult rainforest species delightfully easy to grow. Seeing a seed germinate, caring for the seedling and eventually planting the tree is deeply satisfying. And, in this time of widespread deforestation, millions of trees are needed for restoration and every tree counts. Whether you are growing one or one hundred thousand, why not start today?
Australian Native Bulbs (Including Bulbous, Cormous and Tuberous Plants)Artist/Author: Kapitany, Attila
Most people are unaware that Australia has any native bulbs; even experts can often only cite one or two species. Yet here 8 exciting species are showcased in detail, with many more discussed. Some cultivation aspects covered. Most of these are very drought tolerant, so ideal in succulent plantings.
A little known fact is that the highly succulent storage organs of many of the plants in this publication were once major sources of food, water and medicine for the indigenous people of Australia.
Australian Grass Trees : Xanthorrhoea and KingiaArtist/Author: Kapitany, Attila, Neil Marriott.
This is one of Australia’s most iconic plant groups found across much of Australia, in stony, sand and poor soils. These plants are spectacular in the landscape and in garden designs, especially when mixed with other drought-hardy sun loving plants.
Few people are aware of the many different species, from miniatures to blue giants! Information on habitat and cultivation.
Thus Spoke The Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with PlantsArtist/Author: Gagliano, Monica
In this “phytobiography” – a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant – research scientist, Monica Gagliano, reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people -beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices. The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it. Gagliano has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov-like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighbouring plants. She has pioneered the brand new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own ‘voices’ and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has reignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing. This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way.
Kangaroo Grassland to Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park: A Chronological Pictorial HistoryArtist/Author: Rogers, Ian
This book follows the history of the Geelong Botanic Gardens from their pre-establishment. It follows 176 years of its history, to the present day and takes readers on a pictorial and chronological journey through time, starting with the designation of the park area in 1851 and showcases the amazing growth and expansion of this important resource. It is the fourth oldest botanic gardens in Australia and boasts a world-renowned plant collection. This beautifully presented book, meticulously researched, is an important reference work on the Gardens, their development and the entire area. It is one of a kind!
Ian Rogers is a horticulturalist and arborist and commenced working in the Gardens as a Curator in 1981 and continued on till his retirement in 2011. From the beginning he embarked on a mission to discover and record its history. This book has been 40 years in the making. Ian was responsible for the building of the new Raddenberry Fern Glade, the conifer gardens and started the first plants accession list to record all trees, shrubs and plants in the Gardens. In all, he has spent 30 years working with the City of Geelong and 50 years as a horticulturalist.
This book is an extremely important contribution to Australia’s history, giving a great insight into how the Gardens have grown and evolved over time. It is a significant resource and reference for future generations.
The Flower Hunter: Ellis RowanArtist/Author: Fullerton, Patricia
Ellis Rowan—painter, naturalist, writer and explorer—was an extraordinary woman for her era. Petite, plucky and always immaculately dressed, for almost 50 years she travelled to the remote parts of Australia, India, Europe, America and New Guinea in pursuit of exotic flowers and wildlife to paint. Over 3000 works testify to her prodigious output. For all her accolades however, Rowan’s reputation was contentious, even after her death. It is hoped that The Flower Hunter: Ellis Rowan will help establish her rightful place in Australian art. This catalogue was published for ‘The Flower Hunter: Ellis Rowan’ Exhibition held at the National Library of Australia from 24 October 2002 – 27 January 2003