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Plants of the Victorian High Country

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Plants of the Victorian High Country

A Field Guide for Walkers

John Murphy  
Bill Dowling  

Colour photographs, Line Art
152 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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This book will allow anyone with little botanical knowledge to identify plants that they are most likely to encounter while walking in Victoria's High Country. The guide is written in plain English and includes a glossary of botanical terms.

Plants of the Victorian High Country contains species descriptions and photographs of plants to be found along popular walking tracks, such as Harrietville to Mt Feathertop and Mt Hotham. Plants of the montane, sub-alpine and alpine zones are included, sorted into five easily distinguished groups: herbs, daisy herbs, low woody shrubs, tall shrubs and trees, and eucalypts. The guide features straightforward identification keys and clear photos of the leaves, flowers and stems of the plant.

If you are a nature lover, planning to walk in the Victorian High Country, this book is an essential addition to your backpack.


  • Plants are sorted into five easily distinguished groups: herbs, daisy herbs, low woody shrubs, tall shrubs and trees, and eucalypts.
  • Simple keys for each group and high quality colour photographs allow easy identification.
  • Contains a glossary of terms and list of plants by family.
  • Without the generous support of the Australian Plants Society Victoria Inc., it would not have been possible to publish this work at an affordable recommended retail price.

The photograph at the bottom of page 4 should be replaced with this line drawing.


 About this book
How to use the book
Australian Plants Society Victoria Inc.
Other useful books
The environment
Flower types
Plant descriptions
Herbs (other than daisies)
Daisy herbs
Low woody shrubs
Tall shrubs and trees
Plants listed by family

 Walkers in the Victorian High Country
Amateur botanists

 "This is a most presentable publication with an attractive cover with a band of alpine flora that gives an insight into this field guide. The presentation, in a soft-back format, will suit both day and overnight walkers."
Trevor Blake, Growing Australian, pp. 15-16, December 2012

"A handy field guide for amateur botanists and walkers in the High Country, this paperback makes identifying plants a breeze. Scientific botanical jargon is kept to a minimum, making it easy for anyone to learn about plants they might encounter on their travels. Simple keys and photos of leaves, flowers and stems mean that even children can use the book. "
Wild Magazine, pp. 70, November - December 2012

"It is pleasing to see that the authors have made a point of including the most common High Country plants as these are most likely to be noted by a walker. Being able to place a name to these plants will, hopefully, encourage a stronger desire to care for their survival and engender a deeper interest in the world of botany... Anyone with an interest in the High Country is recommended to buy this book. It is relatively inexpensive and will allow you to easily identify these delightful plants and once on a first name basis with these common plants, you will be amazed at how many more you will begin to notice, adding even more enjoyment to your travels of our magnificent High Country."
Maria Gibson, The Victorian Naturalist, pp. 149-150, June 2013


 John Murphy is a former chemistry, biology and outdoor education teacher. Now retired, he is a volunteer guide at Adelaide Botanic Gardens, a farmer, and enjoys bushwalking and camping.

Bill Dowling is a former builder’s labourer, photographer and teacher. Since retiring, he has become a volunteer guide at Adelaide Botanic Gardens and is an active member of the Friends of the Great Victoria Desert.


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