A to Z of Australian Plants

July 2021
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    12th July 2021
  • ISBN 9781486313211
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
  • Size 8" x 11"
  • Images color illus throughout

Did you know that there are plants that eat insects? Plants whose seeds spread in poo? Plants that move when you touch them? And plants that grow on other plants?

Plantastic! presents 26 of Australia's most unique and incredible native plants. Discover and identify native plants found in your local park, bushland, or even in your very own backyard.

With its perfect balance of fun facts, activities, adventurous ideas and gorgeous illustrations, Plantastic! will prove just how fantastic Australia's native plants really are!


  • Full of interesting facts about Australian native plants that will get kids excited about the plant world and gently introduce general scientific concepts.
  • Provides a Plantastic Activity for each featured species to encourage kids to search for and engage with the plants in their local area.
  • Explains traditional Indigenous uses for some plants – including hunting, fishing, building and medicine.
  • Includes common plants with wide distributions so that kids can discover more about their local flora, no matter where they live in Australia.
  • The bright and beautiful illustrations will help kids easily recognize the plants from this book out in the wild.

Catherine Clowes

Catherine Clowes is a botanist with a passion for Australian native plants. She works as a biodiversity officer, has a PhD in systematic botany and spends a good chunk of her spare time in her very own Australian native plant garden!

Rachel Gyan

Rachel Gyan is an illustrator passionate about artful storytelling. Her heart-warming characters are empowered by whimsy, texture and vibrant color palettes. Rachel enjoys studying Australian flora and wildlife, drawing inspiration from her surroundings to capture the beautiful and sometimes quirky nature of Australia in her work.

native plants; Australia