Discovering Australian Flora: An Australian National Botanic Gardens Experience

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CSIRO Publishing, 2017 - Science - 106 pages
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Australia's complex, beautiful, and diverse flora is showcased in stunning botanic gardens across the continent. Through exquisite color photographs taken at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG), Fanny Karouta-Manasse celebrates the minute and intriguing details of these plants. Discovering Australian Flora explains how plants are displayed in the ANBG according to themes and provides clear and simple geographical, historical, and botanical information. It also describes the unique features of Australian flora, including their reliance on fire and ability to survive in poor soil, and looks in detail at the two dominant genera in the Australian landscape - Eucalyptus and Acacia.

This fresh and intimate view of some of Australia's native flora will serve not only as a companion to visitors to the ANBG but will also allow others to explore the wonders of Australia's botanical treasures. It will appeal to both local and overseas readers wishing to become more familiar with Australian native flora. The striking photographs will appeal to anyone with an appreciation and passion for nature's beauty.

Features:

* Showcases the beauty and diversity of Australia's native plants in over 300 beautiful color photographs
* Provides a fascinating introduction to the unique features of Australian flora
* Explains the five plant groupings used by the ANBG and includes a photographic list of the plant families found in the ANBG.

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About the author (2017)

Fanny Karouta-Manasse obtained a degree in plant biology and a PhD in marine ecology from Montpellier University in France. She also studied macro algae species at the Rijksherbarium, University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 2009, Fanny joined the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra and volunteers at the Seed Bank, combining her passion for nature and photography. This led to a solo photographic exhibition in 2013 on native plants and birds, and one of her seed images was "Highly Commended" in the Australian Museum's 2015 Eureka Prize.

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