Discovering Australian Flora
An Australian National Botanic Gardens Experience

Paper: 978 1 4863 0781 4 / $26.95
Published: December 2017  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
106 pp., 8 1/4" x 8 1/4"
color photos
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.


* 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.

Table of Contents:

The Different Plant Groupings in the Gardens
Endangered species

The Australian Flora: Some Characteristics and History
Two genera dominate the Australian landscape
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
About the Author