Discovering Australian Flora

Paperback - May 2017 - AU $35.00

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A guide to the spectacular floral diversity found in Australia's beautiful botanic gardens.

Australia’s complex, beautiful and diverse flora is showcased in stunning botanic gardens across the continent. Through exquisite colour photographs taken at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG), Fanny Karouta-Manasse celebrates the minute and intriguing details of these plants. Discovering Australian Flora explains how plants are displayed in the ANBG according to themes and provides clear and simple geographical, historical and botanical information. It also describes the unique features of Australian flora, including their reliance on fire and ability to survive in poor soil, and looks in detail at the two dominant genera in the Australian landscape – Eucalyptus and Acacia. + Full description

This fresh and intimate view of some of Australia’s native flora will serve not only as a companion to visitors to the ANBG but will also allow others to explore the wonders of Australia’s botanical treasures.

This book will appeal to both local and overseas readers wishing to become more familiar with Australian native flora. The striking photographs will appeal to anyone with an appreciation and passion for nature's beauty.

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"This book unfolds like a love letter to our native flora as seen through the eyes of a French visitor. The author’s fresh perspective on more than 300 species growing in the Australian National Botanic Gardens will give you a new appreciation of our indigenous plant wealth."
Ally Jackson, Gardening Australia, July 2017, p. 7

"creative, intriguing, informative and ultimately beautiful... This book is a bit of a Russian doll – the more you look into it, the more you find. The first impression is of an especially fine (and unusually affordable) coffee table book and it is certainly that. The photographs, all taken in the Gardens, are exquisite... However there is also more solid information than in the average coffee table book, being an excellent introduction both to the gardens and to the flora of Australia in general... Ultimately I think this book is a thinking person’s souvenir – and its attraction ought not to be only to visitors."
Ian Fraser, Ian Fraser's Natural History Reviews Newsletter (24), May 2017

"the author’s approach provides even experienced native plant lovers with a fresh view of the uniqueness and beauty of our flora.
Tony Cavanagh, Growing Australian, June 2017, p. 13

"This is a lovely little book, stemming from a lovely idea."
Maria Gibson, The Victorian Naturalist 134(5), October 2017, pp. 154-155


Paperback | May 2017 | $ 35.00
ISBN: 9781486307814 | 104 pages | 210 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs

ePDF | May 2017
ISBN: 9781486307821
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Beautiful photographs
  • Explains the five plant groupings used by the Botanic Gardens
  • Includes a photographic list of the plant families found in the Gardens


The different plant groupings in the Gardens
Endangered species
The Australian flora: some characteristics and history
Two genera dominate the Australian landscape
Many plants rely on fire to reproduce
There is a high percentage of endemism
Woody sclerophyllous plants dominate
Species-rich vegetation grows on very poor soil
Some residents and visitors to the Gardens
In conclusion
Photographs of plants listed by family References
List of photographed species
About the author

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Fanny Karouta-Manasse has a university degree in plant biology and a PhD in marine ecology, both from Montpellier University in France. She also studied macroalgae species at the Rijksherbarium, University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 2009, Fanny joined the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra and volunteers at the National Seed Bank, combining her passions for nature and photography. This led to a solo photographic exhibition on native plants and birds in 2013, and in 2015 one of her seed images was 'Highly Commended' in the Australian Museum's Eureka Prize.