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Book Reviews

Field Guide to Eucalypts: Volume 3

Field Guide to Eucalypts: Volume 3

by Brooker and Kleinig 

Published by Inkata Press

A "Field Guide to Eucalypts - Volume 3" completes a series of books which gives comprehensive account of Australian eucalypts, with emphasis on identification. Volume 3 covers the whole of northern Australia, ie. the northern half of Western…

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Food Safety of Australian Plant Bushfoods

by M. P. Hegarty, E. E. Hegarty and R. B. H. Wills. 

Published by RIRDC, PO Box 4776, Kingston, ACT

Available for free download at http://www. rirdc.gov.au/reports/NPP/01-28.pdf, or in book form for $20 + postage.

At a bushfood industry conference in Brisbane in 1996, a number of plant species…

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Forest Bountiful: Settlers' Use of Australian Plants

by Penny Watsford

Published in 2010 by Nullum Publications
130 pages soft cover 

Reviewed by Jan Sked

I found this new book from Penny Watsford very interesting to read, particularly as I have always had an avid interest in the culinary and medicinal properties of our native plants and other…

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Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest

Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest

by Wendy Cooper

Illustrated by William T. Cooper

Published by Nokomis Editions Pty. Ltd.

Hard cover, full colour, 632 pages

Rainforests have always stirred our imagination as places of mystery and majestic natural beauty. They play a crucial role in the conservation of many species of plants and…

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Gardening with Australian Plants: a guide for Mackay

Gardening with Australian Plants: a guide for Mackay

 

Published by SGAP Mackay Branch

106 pages  A4 size  soft cover

 

Published in 1991, this book revised and expanded Gardening with Australian Plants for the Mackay District.  The 106 pages in A4 format contain plenty…

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Go Native: Wild Food Cookbook

Go Native: Wild Food Cookbook

by Jan Sked

Published by SGAP Pine Rivers Branch
A5 size : 68 pages : soft cover

This unique book contains a collection of over 120 recipes featuring native foods amongst their ingredients, and concentrating particularly or the Bunya Nut (Araucaria bidwillii). 

Chapters include Soups, Main…

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Grasses of Subtropical Eastern Australia

Grasses of Subtropical Eastern Australia

An introductory field guide to common grasses - native and introduced

Illustrations and photographs by Margaret Elliott 

Published in 2008 by Nullum Publications

Reviewed by Jan Sked

This field guide is very welcome, covering, as it does, many of the grasses we are likely to encounter in…

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Growing Australian Plants in Subtropical Gardens

Growing Australian Plants in Subtropical Gardens

by Jan Sked

Published by Society for Growing Australian Plants
Pine Rivers Branch  2011
192 pages - A4 size

Jan Sked is a noted local naturalist with a deep love and understanding of Australian plants. She has written a number of books on the subject and, as the long-time editor of the SGAP…

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Growing Outback Gardens: Ideas for Waterwise Gardening

Growing Outback Gardens: Ideas for Waterwise Gardening

 

By Mike Chuk and Jeff Poole
Published by Desert Channels Queensland
116 pages  soft cover
Reviewed by Jan Sked

This little book is quite a surprise package. It doesn’t have detailed descriptions of a whole range of plants that will grow in the drier areas of our country, as I…

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Mangroves To Mountains: Revised Edition

Mangroves To Mountains: Revised Edition

By Glenn Leiper, Denis Cox, Jan Glazebrook and Kerry Rathie

Published by Logan River Branch of the Society for Growing Australian Plants

'Mangroves To Mountains' is a 540 page full colour field guide, ideal for identifying the native plants of south-east Queensland and northern NSW and is the most…

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Melaleucas: A Field and Garden Guide

Melaleucas: A Field and Garden Guide

by Ivan Holliday

Reviewed by R. D. McKinnon AM

Curator, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

I do so admire Australian plant authors who, often with limited financial resources and in retirement write, illustrate and photograph seminal works that further our understanding of our own Australian native flora.

Such…

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Native Bees of the Sydney Region: A Field Guide

Native Bees of the Sydney Region: A Field Guide

Dr. Anne Dollin

Australian Native Bee Research Centre

Native bees are valuable pollinators of our Australian bushland. Fascinating reports of specialised relationships between flowers and native bees are slowly emerging, but more research is urgently needed. So little is known of the behaviour,…

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Native Grasses for Australian Gardens

Native Grasses for Australian Gardens

by Nola Parry and Jocelyn Jones

Published in 2007 by Reed New Holland, reprinted 2008

160 pages

Reviewed by Ray Benfer

At a time when terms such as waterwise and low maintenance are frequently used in our society, in other areas as well as in relation to plants and garden design, this publication…

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Native Plants for the Fitzroy Basin

Native Plants for the Fitzroy Basin

by SGAP Rockhampton Branch

Reviewed by Jan Sked

It is excellent to see another of our Branches producing a book to cater for gardeners, bush regenerators and anyone else who wishes to use suitable native plants in their area, namely the Fitzroy basin in central Queensland, with its variable…

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One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay

One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay

Published by SGAP Mackay Branch

Society for Growing Australian Plants

A5 size, 123 pages, soft cover

Published in 1989 and reprinted in 1999 and 2004 with a list of name changes.  This book sets out to assist in the identification of some of the more common trees in the Mackay district.  …

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Orchids of Australia

Orchids of Australia

by John J. Riley and David P. Banks

Published by University of New South Wales Press Ltd.

Hard cover, full colour, 322 pages

This book showcases both the diversity and beauty of Australia’s unique orchid flora and the rare talent of illustrator, John Riley. John draws what he sees with no…

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Plants of Tropical North Queensland: the Compact Guide

Plants of  Tropical North Queensland: the Compact Guide

Plants of  Tropical North Queensland: the Compact Guide

by John Beasley, 2006,

Footloose Publications, Kuranda 4881.

Reviewed by Kerry Rathie

This notebook-sized (A5) book  of 192 pages is an interesting  and quirky little publication covering 485 plants, mostly native, likely to…

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Plants of the Forest Floor

Plants of the Forest Floor

Plants of the Forest Floor

Compiled by Penny Watsford 

Illustrations by Margaret Elliot

Photographs by Robert Price and Lui Weber

Published by Nullum Publications, 2006. 

Soft cover, 117 pages plus a CD-ROM. ISBN: 0 9756823 18

Reviewed by Deborah Metters

This spiral bound book is compact…

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