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Flora of Australia Volume 56A

Flora of Australia Volume 56A

Lichens 4

Flora of Australia Series

Australian Biological Resources Study  

Colour photographs, Maps, Index
240 pages
Publishers: CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)

    Hardback - 2004
ISBN: 9780643090569 - AU $ 99.95

    Paperback - 2004
ISBN: 9780643090576 - AU $ 84.95



Volume 56A of the highly acclaimed Flora of Australia series covers some of the most spectacular and ecologically significant Australian lichens.

This volume provides treatments of Pertusaria and Lecanora, two of the most species-rich crustose genera on rock and bark in Australia. Pertusaria is often dominant in tropical, temperate and alpine communities in eastern Australia. Lecanora occurs on rock, soil, and on trunks and canopy branches of trees in all ecosystems; some are especially prominent in the comparatively species-poor lichen floras of semi-arid and arid regions. Also included here is Usnea, a genus of robust and often luxuriant lichens ranging from almost rigid tufts on exposed, alpine rocks to metre-long skeins hanging from the canopies of temperate rainforest trees.

Complete or partial accounts of nine families are provided in Volume 56A, including 17 genera and 287 species and infra-specific taxa. This brings to 1168 the number of Australian lichen species and infra-specific taxa treated in the four volumes published so far.


  • provides an up-to-date account of a significant component of the Australian lichen flora, with full descriptions and synonymy, habitat information, and a distribution map for each species
  • contains comprehensive lists of lichen compounds for each species
  • contains 14 pages of high-quality colour photographs



Appendix: New taxa, neotypification & lectotypification
Supplementary glossary

 An important reference for lichenologists, professional and amateur botanists, conservationists and students. 

 ". . . the accounts are meticulously produced to the highest academic standards. The colour photographs are superb. . ."
Australian Historical Studies 126, 2005

". . .a first class taxnonomic account. I expect it will soon find its way to the desks of amateur and professional lichenologists alike, as an invaluable identification tool."
Simone Louwhoff, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
(Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 119, June 2004)


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