Plants of Subtropical Eastern Australia

March 2021
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    23rd March
  • ISBN 9781486313655
  • Language English
  • Pages 400 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images color photos throughout

Plants of Subtropical Eastern Australia describes the rich flora of this biogeographically distinct region located on the east coast of Australia, covering the north coast of New South Wales and South-East Queensland. This guide presents a selection of common, threatened and ecologically significant plants found in the region’s major vegetation habitats including rainforest, heathland, grassy forest, wetlands and rock outcrops.

More than 500 plants are featured, with photographs and descriptive features enabling the reader to identify any species encountered. Interesting biological, cultural and historical characteristics of each species are included, along with notes on the plant’s biogeography and a map of its distribution.

Suitable for anyone with an interest in plant ecology and botany, Plants of Subtropical Eastern Australia is the definitive guide to this beautiful region of Australia and its unique flora.


  • Presents an overview of the wide range of ecosystems in this biologically important region
  • Species accounts detail the ecology, biogeography and taxonomy of more than 500 of the region’s plants
  • Readers will be able to identify plants most likely to be encountered, and gain an understanding of the wider biogeographical relationships of common and rare species.

Locator Map
The Region Defined
The Flora of Subtropical Eastern Australia
General Vegetation Types
Coastal Dune
Littoral Rainforest
Wallum Heathlands
Swamp Forest and Wetland
Shrubby Dry Sclerophyll Forest
Grassy Dry Sclerophyll Forest
Wet Sclerophyll Forest
Upland Wet Sclerophyll Forest
Subtropical Rainforest
Dry Rainforest
Temperate Rainforest
Montane Heath and Rock Outcrop
Exotic Species
Glossary and Abbreviations

Andrew Benwell, PhD

Andrew Benwell has a PhD in plant ecology from the University of New England and a Diploma of Horticulture from Burnley Horticultural College. He has 40 years of experience as a botanist working in New South Wales and Queensland for federal, state and local government agencies and the private sector. Andrew currently manages Ecos Environmental Pty Ltd, a consultancy specialising in native flora and ecosystem management. Andrew co-authored the third edition of the ANPC Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia.

topography; geology; flora; vegetation types; littoral rainforest; dunes; wallum heathlands; wetland; sclerophyll forest; rainforest; montane; New South Wales; South-East Queensland; biogeography; taxonomy