CSIRO Publishing, 2013. 272 pages, Octavo, paperback, colour illustrations, line drawings, maps.
This beautifully illustrated field guide covers 504 of the most common fruiting plants found in Australia’s eastern rainforests, as well as a few species that are rare in the wild but generally well-known. These spectacular plants can be seen from Cape York to Victoria, with some species also found in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and overseas. Rainforest fruits are often beautifully coloured, and in this guide the species are arranged by colour of ripe fruit, then by size and form. Five broad categories: pink to purple, blue to black, yellow and orange to red, green to brown, and white to allow people with even limited botanical knowledge to identify rainforest fruits. This field guide includes stunning artwork by Australia’s leading natural history artist, William T. Cooper. This book is for bushwalkers and natural history enthusiasts, and also those who admire botanical art at its best.
AUTHOR AND ARTIST INFORMATION
Wendy Cooper is the author of two previous titles specialising in fruits of the Australian rainforest. She received a Cassowary Award from The Wet Tropics Management Authority in recognition of her second book Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest [stock id 20158]. As a Research Associate at the Australian Tropical Herbarium she is involved in taxonomic studies of selected rainforest genera.
William T Cooper AO was Australia’s leading natural history artist. In 1990 he was awarded the Philadelphia Academy of Science (USA) Gold Medal, and in 1994 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to art and to ornithology.