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Rainforest Climbing Plants: A Field Guide to their Identification

Field / Identification Guide

By: Gwen Harden, Bill McDonald and John Williams

196 pages, 1330 b/w line drawings

Gwen Harden Publishing

Paperback | Nov 2007 | #197161 | ISBN-13: 9780977555314
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About this book

This 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.


- About the Authors #VI
- Introduction #IX
- Further Reading #XIV
- Useful websites #XIV
- Acknowledgements #XV
- Symbols and Abbreviations #XVI
- Rainforests and Climbing Plants #1
- Types of Rainforest Recognised #3
- Subforms of Rainforest #7
- Other Rainforest Types #10
- Rainforest Distribution #14
- What is a Rainforest Climbing Plant? #15
- Special Features of Climbing Plants #17
- Outline to Groups #23
- Key to Groups #25
- Key to Species #28
- Groups with Species Descriptions as Below #
Group 1. #75
Group 2. #78
Group 3. #80
Group 4. #82
Group 5. #84
Group 6. #88
Group 7. #92
Group 8. #97
Group 9. #102
Group 10. #108
Group 11. #116
Group 12. #123
Group 13. #128
Group 14. #134
Group 15. #141
- Glossary #151
- References #165
- Index #169
- Centimetre/Millimetre Rule #176

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