CSIRO PUBLISHING / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
This volume comprises one complete family, the Caesalpiniaceae, together with all native and naturalised Mimosaceae apart from Acacia. It provides descriptions of 38 genera, 153 species and 16 'form taxa' in these families, and includes contributions from seven authors.
Mimosaceae is represented in Australia by 17 genera, of which 16 (containing 43 species) are dealt with in this volume. Most of the species documented here occur as trees, shrubs or lianes in subtropical Australia. Twenty-two genera of Caesalpiniaceae (of which three are endemic and six naturalised) and 126 species are present in Australia and are covered in this book.
A number of the genera covered in the volume are of horticultural significance and some are pest species. Albizia is commonly found in gardens and is a pest species in some areas. Red Sandalwood (Adenanthera pavonia), Raintree (Samanea saman), Cape Wattle (Paraserianthes lophantha) and Carob (Ceratonia siliqua) are widely cultivated in the tropics. The Tamarind Tree (Tamarindus indica) is popular with horticulturalists in Western Australia and Queensland.
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"The authors are to be congratulated on the production of this very fine work, which is handsomely-produced, authoritative and scholarly, and which should set a standard for future volumes in this project." F G Hardy (Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 1998)
"This book will be an excellent resource for professionals and may be useful for amateur botanists with a special interest in the Mimosaceae and Caesalpiniaceae." Ian Thompson, School of Botany, Melbourne University (The Victorian Naturalist Vol 116, 1999)
“All in all, this volume is everything it should be: sound, complete, and very practical.”
James Grimes (Muelleria 14:103, 2000)