Rainforest Climbing Plants – OUT OF PRINT



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An enlarged and revised field guide to their identification

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Authors: Gwen Harden, Bill McDonald & John Williams

A field guide to the rainforest climbers of Victoria, NSW and sub-tropical Queensland using vegetative characters.

Updated Edition now enlarged to also include:-

  • Rainforests of mainland eastern Australia south of the tropics.
  • Now covers Rockhampton in Qld to NSW and Victoria.
  • Species in vine thickets, the drier inland extensions of rainforests.
  • More marginal, early pioneer and ‘gap’ species.
  • This latest edition runs to 192 A4 size pages. view book statistics
  • Botanical names of previously unnamed species (now formally named).
  • New species “with “phrase names” awaiting scientific description.

Rainforest Climbing PlantsThis is a major update of “Rainforest Climbing Plants” (Williams & Harden 1980) and later reprintings with additions. It is known by many as “the Green Book”. It has now been expanded to cover mainland Eastern Australia from Victoria up to Rockhampton in Queensland.. Descriptions and illustrations are provided for 265 climbing plant species, somewhat more than double that in the original edition. The new edition includes major rainforest types as well as vine thickets and the drier inland extensions of rainforests.

The book provides a concise illustrated guide to the identification of rainforest climbing plants of subtropical eastern mainland Australia south of the Tropic of Capricorn at Rockhampton, thence down through Southern Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

“Rainforest Climbing Plants” is an excellent identification guide based upon the distinctive features of the leaves, stems and branchlets. Leaf characters have the advantage that they are available for study during any season (except for a small number of deciduous species) and in most rainforest species are sufficiently distinctive to permit identification and subsequent recognition of the species. As well as the obvious points of leaf size, shape and arrangement, there are several finer characteristics such as the presence of oil dots (oil glands), hairs, scales, scaly buds, stipules, latex etc which must be checked. Information about these features is provided in several sections of the book.

  • No. Pages (incl introduction, bibliography, illustrated glossary & index) = 196
  • Number of species described = 265
  • Number of included Illustrations = 1330

Book Contents

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Photos © Hugh Nicholson
Front cover photo:
Trichosanthes subvelutina
Back cover photos (clockwise from top left) Cissus sterculiifolia, Parsonsia plaesiophylla, Melodinus australis, Passiflora aurantia var. aurantia, Marsdenia fraseri, Palmeria scandens, Parsonsia leichhardtii, Austrosteenisia blackii subsp. blackii, Marsdenia suaveolens, Hoya australis subsp. australis, Piper hederaceum var. hederaceum, Rhynchosia acuminatissima, Caesalpinia subtropiica, Trophis scandens subsp. scandens, Ventilago pubiflora.

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