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Book Reviews

A Celebration of Wattle

A Celebration of Wattle

by Maria Hitchcock

Reviewed by Bill Aitchison

Wattle Day was first celebrated in Australia in 1910, and in the period since then its popularity and observance has been subject to a number of highs and lows.  In this book, which is a substantially revised edition of her earlier book…

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A Field Companion to Australian Fungi

A Field Companion to Australian Fungi

by Bruce Fuhrer

Fully Revised & Updated Second Edition

Beautiful, bewildering and sometimes just plain ugly, the one thing the vast variety of fungi have in common is that they are sure to fascinate.

In this book, Bruce Fuhrer, the noted natural historian and photographer, presents over 130…

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A Field Guide to Australian Fungi

A Field Guide to Australian Fungi

by Bruce Fuhrer

Reviewed by Barry Jahnke

Here is a field guide with a visual wow factor.

Bruce Fuhrer has been producing publications on Australian fungi, as well as Australian flora, for nearly thirty years. His interest in fungi however goes back over fifty years.

The first impression of this book…

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A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia

A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia

by A.M. Young

Illustrated by Kay Smith

 Reviewed by Barry Jahnke

Dr. Tony Young's book on fungi was first published in 1982 and it can be frequently seen on the book shelves of many naturalists.

Fungi are not plants, but their beauty and strange behaviour attracts the attention of many plant…

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Australia's Mangroves

Australia's Mangroves

by Norm Duke

200 pages, 225 x 155 mm

Publisher: University of Queensland

Publication date: December 2006

Australia’s Mangroves is the authoritative guidebook to the mangrove plants found in Australian coastal waters – covering all ‘mangrove’ States and Territories. Mangroves…

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Australia's Remarkable Trees

Australia's Remarkable Trees

Text by Richard Allen
Photographs by Kimbal Baker
Published by The Miegunyah Press  2009
An imprint of Melbourne University Publishing Ltd.
187 Grattan Street, Carlton. Vic. 3053
254 pages    full colour    soft cover

Reviewed by Jan Sked

The photograph of the…

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Australian Brachyscomes

by Esma Salkin, Gloria Tomlinson, Beth Armstrong,

Bev Courtney and Maureen Schaumann;

published by The Australian Daisy Study Group

This substantial book covers every aspect of identification, cultivation, distribution and habitat of the genus of Australian daisies known as the Brachyscomes.

There…

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Australian Wildflower Paintings: Paintings by Dorothy Gordon

Australian Wildflower Paintings

Text by David Gordon, with Jean Harslett
Published by Boolarong Publications for the Arts Council Australia (Qld Division), Meandarra Branch.

Dorothy Gordon was a renowned watercolour artist specialising in the Australian landscape. Her deep love of nature is depicted in this collection of finely…

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Banksias

Banksias

by Kevin and Kathy Collins and Alex George

Hardcover, 384 pages (233x152mm)
ISBN (10) 876473681 (13) 9781876473686
Published by Bloomings Books
Distributed by Bookwise International

Reviewed by Jan Sked

When I first saw this book I thought it must be one of the best books to be released on a single…

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Banksias: A Field and Garden Guide

Banksias: A Field and Garden Guide

3rd Edition
by Ivan Holliday and Geoffrey Watton
Published in 2008 by Australian Plants Society (S.A. Region)
191 pages

Reviewed by Barry Jahnke

The first Edition of this book was published by Rigby Limited in Adelaide in 1975 and was not the first book of this nature or usefulness by Ivan Holliday.…

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Brachychitons: Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees

Brachychitons: Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees

Brachychitons: Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees

by Kerry Rathie

Reviewed by Lawrie Smith

Almost everyone knows a Bottle Tree or a Flame Tree and perhaps even a Kurrajong. You certainly will if you live in the drier areas west of the Great Divide. Unfortunately, this surprising family of…

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Bush Medicine

Bush Medicine

Bush Medicine

By Jan Sked

 

Published by SGAP Pine Rivers Branch

A5 size : 20 pages : soft cover

 

This small booklet lists various native species used by the aborigines and pioneer bushmen for medicinal purposes, with brief descriptions of their methods of use and the ailments they were…

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Census of the Queensland Flora 2010

Census of the Queensland Flora 2010

Census of the Queensland Flora 2010

edited by P. D. Bostock and A. E. Holland

Queensland Herbarium

Department of Environment and Resource Management
Brisbane

A4 size  320 pages  soft cover

This newly updated edition of the Census of the Queensland Flora, lists the botanical names and…

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Come and Meet Us: An Australian ABC

Come and Meet Us: An Australian ABC

Come and Meet Us: An Australian ABC

by Elizabeth McRobert

 

Published by CopyRight Publishing

Soft cover, full colour, 52 pages

Reviewed by Jan Sked

 

This would have to be one of the most delightful books I have ever encountered. I guess it was written for children, but there would be few…

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Common Native Plants of the Coorong Region

Common Native Plants of the Coorong Region

Common Native Plants of the Coorong Region

by Neville Bonney

Published by Australian Plants Society (SA Region) Inc.

Soft cover, full colour, 103 pages

Reviewed by Jan Sked

The Coorong area of South Australia has sustained many species, year after year, endured season after season, for how long no…

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Create More Butterflies

Create More Butterflies

by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke 

Published by Earthling Enterprises 

Soft cover, full colour, 88 pages 

Reviewed by Jan Sked

Butterflies are entrancing creatures that float and flit through the garden, sipping nectar from the flowers in the warm sunshine. Everyone loves…

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Cycads of Australia

Cycads of Australia

by Ken Hill & Roy Osborne 

Published by Kangaroo Press, Sydney

For the short version, this book is excellent, and the first to cover this subject since 30 or so new species (of the 69 described here) were named in recent years. It is written by two experienced botanists and cycad…

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Eucalypts of the Central Queensland Coast

Eucalypts of the Central Queensland Coast

by Tony Bean (1986)

40 pages  soft cover

This little booklet is recommended for anyone wanting to identify the local Eucalypts of the central coast of Queensland, from Townsville to Bundaberg.  It contains descriptions, line drawings and keys.  

Price $8.00.  Postage $1.40. (Only…

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