The Otway region of Victoria, with its temperate rainforests, mountain ash forests, heathlands, plains and coastal dunes, has an extraordinarily rich and diverse flora. The first volume of Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges covers the orchids, irises, lilies, grass-trees, mat-rushes and other petaloid monocotyledonous plants.
Enid Mayfield's exquisite colour illustrations of more than 200 species reveal tiny botanical details which enable the untrained botanist to identify each species with ease. The section on orchids describes and illustrates more than 130 species, highlighting their fascinating adaptations for attracting specific pollinating insects.
The clear text and illustrations frequently draw attention to the relationship of plants to the broader environment, the impact of fire, the role of pollinators and the importance of fungi.
Foreword by John Landy, AC, CVO, MBE Governor of Victoria 2001-2006
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ALISMATACEAE Water Plantains
COLCHICACEAE Milkmaids, Wurmbeas
LAXMANNIACEAE Lilies, Mat-rushes
XYRIDACEAE Yellow-eyed grasses
Enid Mayfield is an illustrative researcher based at the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Her illustrations appear in scientific publications including the Flora of Victoria and the Flora of Australia. She has worked as an artist at the National Herbarium in Victoria and is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
"The book is a great combination of artistic endeavour and scientific illustration, a true and accurate expression of the beauty of nature.
The book will be very useful for those in the target region but also far beyond. The beautiful illustrations are pieces of art in themselves and the clear descriptions of the many orchids and other species could be used to identify the same species elsewhere. The lavish colour-illustrated glossary would be a great resource for any student of botany in its own right. I would not hesitate to recommend adding this book to any botanical library. As a botanist I need to use a variety of texts to identify plants, and this book will add immensely to my tool kit of references."
- Lincoln Kern, Australian Plant Conservation, Vol 19, No 2, September-November 2010