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224 pages, 261 x 185 mm, 800 colour plates

9781877058844, $39.95, Paperback

Margaret G. Corrick and Bruce A. Fuhrer

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This book is a unique and stunning guide to the beautiful wildflowers of Western Australia. Lavishly photographed in full colour throughout, this magnificent volume features photographs and brief descriptions of 755 species found in the popular southern region. Each species is cross-referenced to simple maps for quick and easy reference to localities. This third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. The introduction by Alex George gives a descriptive overview of the main vegetation regions of the State. Compiled by distinguished professionals in the field of botany, in conjunction with Monash University, WILDFLOWERS OF SOUTHERN WESTERN AUSTRALIA is an excellent addition to the reference library of professional and amateur wildflower enthusiasts alike.

The book is intended for all those who enjoy the unique, diverse flora of W.A. The majority of species illustrated were found on roadsides, many in National Parks and reserves, accessible by conventional vehicle. Wherever possible technical botanical terms have been avoided except where precision or brevity necessitate their use; a glossary is provided to cover these terms.

Many wildflower books of this type are divided into sections according to habitat, but the authors felt that to group plants together in families placed in alphabetical order would make the book easier to use and provide an opportunity for an overview of the diversity within some of the larger families. Sixty-eight families are represented, with a short introduction to each including its size and distribution. Since first publication of the book in 1996 advances in plant taxonomy, particularly in molecular studies and cladistics, have led to proposals for revised classifications at generic and family level. For reasons of economy and lack of agreement between authorities the authors have retained the family names and layout of plates used in the original edition of the book. They have updated species names but have not been able to retain the alphabetical sequence within genera. Old names have been cited in synonymy and are fully indexed.

‘This book ... is helpful in field identification, a delight to read and — speaking from experience — a very useful travelling companion.’ Diana Snape, The Age, Melbourne