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Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia
The Identification of Garden and Cultivated Plants Volume 1: Ferns, Conifers and their Allies

Edited by Roger Spence
Published by University of New South Wales Press

Reviewed by Mike Oates

This is the first in a four-volume series from the University of New South Wales Press which will cover all the native and exotic plants cultivated in Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, South Australia, and southern Queensland. It parallels the European Garden Flora.

Produced in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, the book will appeal to all those interested in the cultivation of plants in Australia, and with the many similarities of climate will also have use this side of the Tasman. The Flora has:

  • Easy to use identification keys
  • Detailed descriptions of families, genera, species and cultivars
  • Notes on propagation, uses, ecology, cultivation, origins, distribution, and conservation
  • Indicates where prominent specimens can be seen with details of public gardens and collections

This major work raises the question of what we are doing in New Zealand to document our cultivated plant resource. The work of the RNZIH Plant Collections Scheme has started the documentation of cultivated plants but much remains to be done. Perhaps it is time for several groups and institutions to start working together on such a project as this.

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 1996 1(2): 24

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