The greater Perth coast is a biodiverse and ecologically vulnerable region, with its unique native plant species threatened by clearing, invasive species, fire and climate change. This second edition of Coastal Plants has been updated and expanded to provide a definitive guide to 128 of the most common plants of the Perth coastal region. It includes the key species used in coastal restoration, along with important weeds. The description of each species is accompanied by a distribution map and diagnostic photographs of the whole plant, flowers, seeds and fruits. The book also contains introductory chapters on the biology and ecology of the coastal plants, their biogeography, and practical approaches to the restoration of coastal dune vegetation.
Part 1: Ecology and biology of plants of the west coast
Part 2: Ecological restoration of coastal dune vegetation
Part 3: Biogeography of coastal plants in the Perth region
Part 4: Species guide
Appendix: Coastal plants on which butterflies or sun-moths breed
Kingsley Dixon was Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Western Australia. He is a specialist in the ecology, restoration and conservation biology of Australian native plants and ecosystems. He has been involved in multi-disciplinary scientific groups for 40 years, specialising in seed ecology and biology, nursery production systems, seed banking and restoration ecology. He is a Professor in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University. His interest and love of coastal ecosystems and working with Cambridge Coastcare spurred him to produce this book.
Reviews of the first edition:
" [...] a must-have for those interested in coastal ecology and restoration."
– Sunday Times, Perth, 26 February 2012
"This emphasis on restoration makes it different from other books on our coastal plants [...] A very useful addition to the library of anyone interested in our native coastal vegetation and its conservation and an essential one for anyone interested in Perth coastal dune restoration."
– Margarent Larke, WA Naturalist News, September 2011
"This will be a very useful publication for anyone interested in coastal regeneration."
– R.G. Richardson, Plant Protection Quarterly (2011), Vol.26 (3), p.111
" [...] Dixon's interest and expertise in stimulating germination and measuring seed viability makes rewarding reading."
– Wildflower Society of WA Newsletter, May 2011