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Plants of Importance to Australia - a checklist

Author or Editor: 
R C H Shepherd, R G Richardson and F J Richardson
Publisher: 
RG & FJ Richardson
Price: 
$33.00 plus postage
Other information: 
Compiled by R C H Shepherd, R G Richardson and F J Richardson for the Council of Australasian Weed Societies, with support from the Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management Systems and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. 58 pages, soft bound.
Reviewer: 
J T Swarbrick, Toowoomba

 

As Australian agricultural and environmental sciences continue to grow in importance and complexity, so does our need for reliable and up-to-date-reference books such as this recent checklist of the scientific and common names of Australian plants. It is one of those books that needs to be always at hand - an office essential to the working agriculturist, horticulturist, environmentalist and weed scientist.

The checklist contains two sections. The A-Z Botanical Names Index (Abelia x grandiflora (Rovelli ex Andre) Rehder to Zygophyllum prismatothecum F.Muell.) provides an inclusive list of the agricultural, vegetable, ornamental, shade, salinity management, pastoral, forestry, plantation, tropical, medicinal and other useful plants of Australia, together with the major natives, weeds and poisonous plants. It includes 145 species of Acacia, and over 350 species of Eucalyptus and Corymbia. Each genus is referred to its family, each species to its preferred common name and other common names, and major synonyms to the relevant current botanical name. The scientific names given are those used in the most authoritative references consulted up to the end of 2000. The A-Z Common Names Index (Aaron's beard to Zucchini) refers common names to the preferred species application and to other species that are referred to by the same common name.

Plants of Importance to Australia - A Checklist is a mighty work, which has taken the three compilers several years to complete. They are congratulated on providing a reference work that will be invaluable to us all. The checklist is backed up by a website on which additions, changes and updates will be posted until the next edition is printed.

Those of us who remember Bill Hartley's slim Checklist of Economic Plants in Australia will be impressed by this vastly expanded volume. It covers far more plants in more detail, and will be a constant and invaluable companion to all of us who regularly use the scientific or common names of Australian plants.