Hunter’s unique flora

Filed under Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  6 Mar 2019

Biodiversity project aims to highlight the Hunter’s unique flora .

Dozens of the Hunter’s endemic trees and shrubs have been meticulously documented and illustrated in a new book to draw attention to our unique flora, many of which are currently under threat in the region.

Flora of the Hunter Region – Endemic Trees and Larger Shrubs provides information on distribution, habitat, flowering, conservation status and taxonomic descriptions accompanied by stunning botanical illustrations drawn by graduates of the University’s Bachelor of Natural History Illustration program.

"Flora of the Hunter Region – Endemic Trees and larger Shrubs synthesizes art and science thoroughly highlighting 54 unique plants. An invaluable resource or library addition for anyone with an interest in the flora of this ecologically-rich region."

Of the 54 different species included in the botanical identification guide, almost one third are considered endangered or vulnerable as determined by the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

Authored by Dr Stephen Bell, Christine Rockley and Dr Anne Llewellyn, the book is the result of a major project undertaken by alumni across disciplines of the University of Newcastle and is published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Selected illustrations will be on exhibit from 12 March to 10 June 2019 at the Newcastle Museum.

A botanical identification guide which combines art and science to describe the 54 endemic trees and large shrubs of the Hunter region.

The Hunter Region, between the Hawkesbury and Manning rivers in eastern New South Wales, hosts a rich diversity of vegetation, with many species found nowhere else. Spanning an area from the coast to the tablelands and slopes, its rainforests, wet and dry sclerophyll forests, woodlands, heathlands, grasslands and swamps are known for their beauty and ecological significance.

Flora of the Hunter Region describes 54 endemic trees and large shrubs, combining art and science in a manner rarely seen in botanical identification guides. Species accounts provide information on distribution, habitat, flowering, key diagnostic features and conservation status, along with complete taxonomic descriptions. Each account includes stunning botanical illustrations produced by graduates of the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Natura l History Illustration program. The illustrations depict key diagnostic features and allow complete identification of each species.

This publication will be a valuable resource for those interested in the plants of the region, including researchers, environmental consultants, horticulturalists and gardeners, bush walkers, herbaria, and others involved in land management.


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