Relevant Publications

Electronic or Print 

Electronic Publications

Threatened Native Vegetation Communities Information Sheet

Nature Conservation Act: Protection for Threatened Vegetation Communities: Information Sheet

Seed Collection Permits

Census of Vascular Plants (Tasmania)

Orchid Monitoring Techniques

DVD published by Threatened Plants Tasmania.  Contact president@tpt.org.au

 Flowering times of native orchids

Techniques for Tasmanian Native Orchid Germination

Performing Ecological Burns

DVD published by Threatened Plants Tasmania. Contact president@tpt.org.au  

2014 Census of Vascular Plants of Tasmania

Flora of Tasmania Online

Prioritisation of Threatened Flora and Fauna Recovery Actions for the Tasmanian NRM Regions

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Print Publications-Field Guides . Other  

Field Guide Topics

Alpine;   CoastalFungi;  General;  Grasses Lichens;  Midlands;  Orchids;  Rainforest;  Trees;  Wattles;  Woodland

The following books have either been published as field guides, or are of a size and layout which could be useful in the field. All are paperbacks except where indicated. Further suggestions are welcome.

Availability: Good bookshops should stock most of the more recent titles. Older ones may be obtained secondhand occasionally. Possible secondhand sources could be www.justtassiebooks.com or  www.andrewisles.com There are many other secondhand suppliers, either local bookshops or online.

Field Guides

Alpine 

Alpine Tasmania, An illustrated guide to the flora and vegetation’ Kirkpatrick J: Oxford University Press (Melb) 1997 ISBN 0-19-553753-X

Ecology of the plant species of Tasmanian alpine areas. Identification of around 400 species. Brief description with black and white drawing for each species, including vegetation type.  Detailed notes on alpine plant communities, etc Glossary  and reference notes included. Hard to track down

 ‘Alpine Wildflowers of Tasmania - Plant Identikit’ Collier P et al : Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc, Hobart Group 1995

Small notebook size, covers 52 of the most common species.  Each species has distinguishing features, brief description, flowering period, brief cultivation notes etc plus a colour illustration of the plant in flower. A further reading list is included.

 ‘Wildflowers of Mt Wellington – Plant Identikit’Collier P et al : Society for Growing Australian Plants, Tasmanian Region 1988  ISBN 0-7246-2090-4

Small notebook size, covers the most common species.  Each species has distinguishing features, brief description, flowering period, brief cultivation notes etc plus a colour illustration of the plant in flower. A further reading list is included.

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Coastal 

‘Coastal Plants of Tasmania - Plant Identikit’ Howells C & Gulline H : Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc, Hobart Group 2003  ISBN 0-909830-60-6

Small notebook size, covers the most common species.  Each species has distinguishing features, brief description, flowering period, brief cultivation notes etc plus a colour illustration of the plant in flower. A further reading list is included 

Fungi 

Fungi Down Under: the Fungimap Guide to Australian Fungi’ Grey P & Grey E (Eds): South Yarra, Fungimap 2005 ISBN: 9780646446745

Comprehensive identification of 100 species that are easily identified in the field, and a good introduction to the goups.  

'A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi' Gates,G & Ratkowski,D: Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club  Inc,  2014  ISBN:9780957852921

            Excellent guide to Tasmanian fungi, well illustrated with identification notes. Over 600 species.

General 

'Tasmania's Natural Flora',  Second Edition; Christine Howells, Ed: Australian Plants Society Tasmania, Hobart Group, 2012 ISBN 9780909830663

                Over 700 of Tasmania's plant species with photographs, descriptions, habitat and cultivation notes.

 ‘A Guide to Flowers and Plants of Tasmania, Launceston Field Naturalists Club, Fourth Edition; Simmons M, Wapstra,H & Wapstra A Eds: Reed New Holland 2008 ISBN 9781877069475 (pbk)

Divided into geographic zones, describes a representative sample of the most commonly seen species in Tasmania. Each species has a brief description, flowering time and locality type, with a photo of the flowering plant. Includes glossary with sketches and further reading list. 

Grasses 

‘Common Grasses in Tasmania, An Agriculturalist’s Guide’ Lane P, Morris D, Shannon G: Tasmanian Environment Centre, ISBN 0-909-160-18-X

Covers native pasture grasses, introduced pasture grasses, and introduced weed grasses. Each species has a brief description, including habitat and agricultural use, with a photo of the flowerhead, and black and white sketches of the spikelet and ligule. A glossary with black and white sketches of structures is included.

Lichens 

‘Lichens of Rainforest in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia’  Kantvilas G & Jarman SJ: Flora of Australia Supplementary Series Number 9; Australian Biological Resources Study 1999                  ISBN0-642-56802-2(pbk)

Photographs and description of 127 macrolichen species with key. Lots of supplementary information, including references and further reading.

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Midlands

‘The Nature of the Midlands’  Gilfedder L, Kirkpatrick J et al:  Midlands Bushweb 2003               ISBN 0-9750919-0-5

Overview of the Natural History of the Midlands. Includes oral histories and identification notes on over half the 700 flora species found in the Midlands, ordered by flower colour. Each species has a brief description, flowering time, plant use notes, plus a photograph of the flowering plant. Threatened plants are also flagged.

Orchids 

‘Common Orchids of Tasmania - Plant Identikit’  Collier P, Howells C et al : Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc, Hobart Group 2010 ISBN 978-0-909830-64-9

Small notebook size, covers the most common species.  Each species has distinguishing features, brief description, flowering period, etc plus a colour illustration of the plant in flower. Sketches of different genus flowers and names of the structural parts of the orchid flower are included. References and further reading included.

 ‘The Orchids of TasmaniaJones DL,Wapstra H, Tonelli  P & Harris S: The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Press,  1999 ISBN 0-522-84851-6

Hardback, not exactly a field guide, but can be (and has been) used as such! Full description of each species with photo of flower. Includes flowering period, habitat, map etc. Not completely up to date with all the recent name changes. Includes glossary and sketches with technical names of flower parts for all genera, plus a key for each genus.

 Hard to track down, but occasionally comes up on the secondhand market.

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Rainforest 

‘Rainforest Plants of Tasmania’ – Plant Identikit ‘ Collier P, Howells C et al : Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc, Hobart Group 2007 ISBN 0-909830-44-4

Small notebook size, covers the most common species.  Each species has distinguishing features, brief description, flowering period, brief cultivation notes etc plus a colour illustration of the plant in flower. References and further reading included.

Trees - General 

‘Native Trees of Tasmania Kirkpatrick JB & Backhouse S: Pandani Press, 7th Edition, 2007      ISBN 646-43088-2

All woody species >8m tall. Identification key, plus a black and white sketch of foliage, and often fruit and flowers for each species, with location information and map.

Trees - Eucalypts          

‘EucaFlip’  Wilshire R & Potts B: Schoolof PlantScience, UTAS and CRC for Forestry, 2007

Foldable laminated photographic identification guide for Tasmanian eucalypts. Life-size photos of leaves, buds and capsules, and bark. Distribution plus land and vegetation type information.

 Trees - Non-eucalypt   

‘TreeFlip’  Wilshire R & Jordan G: Schoolof PlantScience, UTAS and CRC for Forestry, 2009

Foldable laminated photographic identification guide for Tasmanian non-eucalypt trees. Life-size photographs of leaves, flowers, fruit and bark. Information on distribution, location and uses.

Wattles 

‘Wattles of TasmaniaSimmons MH 2009 ISBN 978-0-646-52288-3

Seed collection and cultivation notes, and identification of Tasmanian wattles plus the main introduced species. Each species has a description, including flowers and pods, and a black and white sketch of foliage, flowers and pods. Includes flowering times and current usage notes.  Some confusion over common names of the introduced species.

Woodland   

‘Woodland Wildflowers of Tasmania - Plant Identikit’  Collier P, Howells C et al : Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc, Hobart Group 2006 ISBN 0-909830-39-8

Small notebook size, covers the most common species.  Each species has distinguishing features, brief description, flowering period, brief cultivation notes etc plus a colour illustration of the plant in flower. References and further reading included.

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Print Publications – Other 

General Flora  

‘The Student’s Flora of TasmaniaCurtis WM & Morris DI:  Part 1, 2nd ed; St David’s Park Publishing, 1975

 ‘The Student’s Flora of TasmaniaCurtis WM:  Parts 2, 3 & 4A St David’s Park Publishing, 1963, 1967, 1979

‘The Student’s Flora of TasmaniaCurtis WM & Morris DI:  Part 4B, St David’s Park Publishing, 1994

ISBN (complete set) 0_7246 2321 3

The most recent comprehensive Flora of Tasmania in 5 parts, with keys.

 ‘Name that Flower’ Clark I & Lee H: Melbourne University Press 2nd ed 2003 ISBN 0-522-85060-X

Explanation of plant structure and terminology. How to determine what family a plant belongs to by analysing its flower structure. Includes species name changes up to 2003.

Grasses       

'Grasses of South Australia' Jessop J, Dashorst GRM & James F: Wakefield Press, 2006                                    ISBN 1 86254 694 0

            Excellent grasses guide, relevant for many Tasmanian grasses; well arranged, excellent line drawings and                 glossary, with useful keys.

Heathland      

‘The Disappearing Heath Revisited’ Kirkpatrick J & Harris S: Tasmanian Environment Centre 1999 ISBN 0-909160-19-8

Conservation and ecology of lowland Tasmania heathland floral communities. Includes a list of characteristics of various genera, and descriptions and sketches of some of the more common species. Endangered heathland species list from the late 1990’s

Orchids            

‘A Complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia’Jones DL: Reed New Holland, 2006

A comprehensive text. Includes the Tasmanian orchids, and most of the recent species name changes. With photos of each flower, glossaries and technical explanations of flower structures.

TASVEG  

‘From Forest to Fjaeldmark’ Harris S & Kitchener A eds: Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Tasmania, 2005 ISBN 0-7246-6364-9

Vegetation descriptions for the ecological vegetation communities on the TASVEG map. (TASVEG information is available on the Land Information System Tasmania  (LIST)…see the links menu)

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