Author(s): Fanny Karouta-Manasse
Australia's complex, beautiful and diverse flora is showcased in stunning botanic gardens across the continent. Through exquisite colour 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. This book 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.
Fanny Karouta-Manasse has a university degree in plant biology and a PhD in marine ecology, both from Montpellier University in France. She also studied macroalgae 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 National Seed Bank, combining her passions for nature and photography. This led to a solo photographic exhibition on native plants and birds in 2013, and in 2015 one of her seed images was 'Highly Commended' in the Australian Museum's Eureka Prize.
* Acknowledgements* Introduction* The different plant groupings in the Gardens* Taxonomic* Ecological* Horticultural* Ethnobotanical* Endangered species* The Australian flora: some characteristics and history* Two genera dominate the Australian landscape* Eucalyptus* Acacia* Many plants rely on fire to reproduce* There is a high percentage of endemism* Woody sclerophyllous plants dominate* Species-rich vegetation grows on very poor soil* Some residents and visitors to the Gardens* In conclusion* Photographs of plants listed by family References* List of photographed species* Flora* Fauna* About the author