Discovering Australian Flora Edition 2

An Australian National Botanic Gardens Experience

August 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    2nd August 2022
  • ISBN 9781486315840
  • Language English
  • Pages 136 pp.
  • Size 8.26" x 8.26"
  • Images 355 color photos

Australia's complex, beautiful and diverse flora is showcased in stunning botanic gardens across the continent. Through exquisite color photographs taken at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) or during field trips with the National Seed Bank, Fanny Karouta-Manasse celebrates the minute and intriguing details of these plants.

This second edition of Discovering Australian Flora explains how plants are displayed in the ANBG according to themes and provides clear and simple geographical, historical and botanical information, including descriptions of plant characteristics. It also describes the unique features of Australian flora, such as their reliance on fire and ability to survive in poor soil, and looks in detail at the two dominant genera in the Australian landscape – Eucalyptus and Acacia.

Extensively updated with new photographs and a new chapter on conservation, this beautiful book offers detailed insight into Australia's native flora. It will appeal not only to visitors to the ANBG but to anyone with an appreciation and passion for nature's beauty and the wonders of Australia's botanical treasures.


  • Foreword by Ian Fraser
  • Showcases the beauty and diversity of Australia’s native plants in over 300 color photographs
  • Provides an introduction to the unique features of Australian flora
  • Explains the five plant groupings used by the ANBG and includes a photographic list of the plant families found there
  • This second edition contains new photographs and a new chapter on conservation.

The different plant groupings in the Gardens
The Australian flora: some characteristics and history
Conservation of Australian native flora
Some residents and visitors to the Gardens
In conclusion
Photos of plants listed by family
List of photographed species
About the author

Fanny Karouta-Manasse

Fanny Karouta-Manasse studied plant biology and earned a PhD in marine ecology from Montpellier University in France. Since 2009, Fanny has volunteered at the National Seed Bank, combining her passions for nature and photography.

botany; botanic gardens; Australia