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Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 1

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Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 1

Orchids, Irises, Lilies, Grass-trees, Mat-rushes and Other Petaloid Monocotyledons

Enid Mayfield   Geelong Botanic Gardens

Colour illustrations
232 pages
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING


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The Otway region of Victoria, with its temperate rainforests, mountain ash forests, heathlands, plains and coastal dunes, has an extraordinarily rich and diverse flora. The first volume of Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges covers the orchids, irises, lilies, grass-trees, mat-rushes and other petaloid monocotyledonous plants.

Enid Mayfield's exquisite colour illustrations of more than 200 species reveal tiny botanical details which enable the untrained botanist to identify each species with ease. The clear text and illustrations frequently draw attention to the relationship of plants to the broader environment, the impact of fire, the role of pollinators and the importance of fungi.

Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 2 was published in April 2013.

 
 

 The Otway region of Victoria, with its temperate rainforests, mountain ash forests, heathlands, plains and coastal dunes, has an extraordinarily rich and diverse flora. The first volume of Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges covers the orchids, irises, lilies, grass-trees, mat-rushes and other petaloid monocotyledonous plants.

Enid Mayfield's exquisite colour illustrations of more than 200 species reveal tiny botanical details which enable the untrained botanist to identify each species with ease. The section on orchids describes and illustrates more than 130 species, highlighting their fascinating adaptations for attracting specific pollinating insects.

The clear text and illustrations frequently draw attention to the relationship of plants to the broader environment, the impact of fire, the role of pollinators and the importance of fungi.

 

 
  • Visual family keys for easy reference
  • Illustration of genus and species characteristics for explanation and comparison
  • Plant finder: listed under common and scientific name and family
 

 Foreword by John Landy, AC, CVO, MBE Governor of Victoria 2001-2006
Quick Plant Finder
Key: What flower is this?
Petaloid Monocotyledons
ALISMATACEAE Water Plantains
ASPHODELACEAE Bulbines
ASTELIACEAE Astelias
COLCHICACEAE Milkmaids, Wurmbeas
HEMEROCALLIDACEAE Daylilies
HYPOXIDACEAE Star-flowers
IRIDACEAE Irises
LAXMANNIACEAE Lilies, Mat-rushes
LUZURIAGACEAE Drymophilas
ORCHIDACEAE Orchids
XANTHORRHOEACEAE Grass-trees
XYRIDACEAE Yellow-eyed grasses
Illustrated Glossary
Bibliography
Index
 

 Local and regional conservation teams
Parks personnel
Environment consultants and planners
Students and teachers in schools and tertiary institutions
Landcare workers
Naturalists and bushwalkers
Landowners with remnant bush
Botanists and academics
Botanical artists
Tourists
 

 "The book is a great combination of artistic endeavour and scientific illustration, a true and accurate expression of the beauty of nature.

The book will be very useful for those in the target region but also far beyond. The beautiful illustrations are pieces of art in themselves and the clear descriptions of the many orchids and other species could be used to identify the same species elsewhere. The lavish colour-illustrated glossary would be a great resource for any student of botany in its own right. I would not hesitate to recommend adding this book to any botanical library. As a botanist I need to use a variety of texts to identify plants, and this book will add immensely to my tool kit of references."
Lincoln Kern, Australian Plant Conservation, Vol 19, No 2, September-November 2010

 

 Enid Mayfield is an illustrative researcher based at the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Her illustrations appear in scientific publications including the Flora of Victoria and the Flora of Australia. She has worked as an artist at the National Herbarium in Victoria and is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. 

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