Author(s): M.I.H. Brooker
Australia is one of the few countries in the world which is generally associated with a single group of plants - the eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is a huge genus including about 900 species and subspecies. More than 280 are described in this book which covers the whole of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia north of 26 latitude. Volume 3 has been extensively revised, updated and expanded following the first edition published in 1994 Northern Australia provides a different set of environments from the southern regions of the continent. The northern part of all three states has a tropical climate with a long dry season followed by a short summer wet season. Descriptions have full colour illustrations of the tree, bark, buds and fruit and the botanical terms are explained and illustrated. Field Guide to Eucalyptus Volumes 1, 2 and 3 form the most authoritative reference to all species of eucalyptus in Australia.
Ian Brooker is a world authority on eucalyptus taxonomy and has discovered many new species. He has more than thirty years of experience as a botanist and has published widely. David Kleinig is a photographer and expert in identifying eucalyptus through his work in seed collection with CSIRO. He collects and exports native tree seed (largely Eucalyptus and Acacia) for plantation establishments overseas.