Flora of Australia Volume 17B

cover of Flora of Australia Volume 17B

This volume makes a major contribution to knowledge of Australian Proteaceae. It comprises Hakea from the trive Grevilleae (Grevillea, the other Australian genus in this trive is described in 17A), and all of the tribe Banksieae, a total of 5 genera and 322 species. Included are three major genera, Hakea (149 species), Banksia (76 species) and Dryandra (93 species) found mainly in the south-east and south-west of the continent, and two small rainforest genera from northern Queenland, Musgravea (2 species) and Austromuellera (2 species). All of these genera are endemic to Australia, with the exception of one speices of Banksia.

The three large genera are conspicuous and important components of forests, woodlands and shrublands throughout much of Australia. They are important also in horticulture and floriculture, and widely grown both in Australia and overseas. In the cases of Hakea, Dryandra, Musgravea and Austromuellera, this is the first time in nearly 130 years that a complete account of the species has been compiled.

Reviews

"The volume is produced along the fine standards of the Flora of Australia and beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings, distribution maps and scores of superb colour photographs. A very useful addition to our knowledge of the Proteaceae. A must for all with interest in this family and in the flora of Australia."
Frits Adema (BLUMEA, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2000)

“These volumes provide the basis for much future research and that is to be welcomed. This is probably the last time that these proteaceous genera will be presented in this form and as such these will represent an important moment in the history of our understanding of the flora of Australia. It goes without saying that if you have an interest in the Proteaceae, you must have a copy of these volumes.”
Robert S. Hill, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Adelaide (New Zealand Journal of Botany v.39, 2001)

“This set of books [v.17 A & B] will also be an invaluable reference to botanists working with these common Australian genera. .. The species descriptions are clear, and a map shows the distribution of collections for each taxon.”
Austin Mast (Plant Systematics and Evolution v.227 no.3/4 2001)
“This long-awaited volume of the Flora of Australia will be welcomed by everyone, scientists, amateur naturalists and growers of Australian plants alike, who has an interest n the Proteaceae family. … It is intended for use by ‘professional botanists, knowledgeable amateurs and students requiring botanical information’. The value for the non-professional user I think lies in the many black and white line drawings that supplement the scientific text and the 16 pages of quality colour plates."
Tony Cavanagh (The Victorian Naturalist v.117 no.3 2000)