Jones et al - The Orchids of Tasmania
The Orchids of Tasmania is the definitive reference book covering 195 of Tasmania’s species of orchids (all those known at the time of publishing - 1999). Comprehensive botanical descriptions are supported by excellent photographs of each beautiful flower. Floral and leaf keys help to identify flowering and non flowering species respectively. Notes for each species include taxonomy, distribution, habitat, flowering time and response to fire. Currently out of print (Dec. 2012), second hand books may be found in specialist shops and many libraries have copies to borrow or for reference.
Marion Simmons - Wattles of Tasmania
Published in 2009, this small book is a compilation of the 20 Tasmanian Wattle species that Marion Simmons had previously described and illustrated in her definitive Acacias of Australia, Volume 1 (first published 1981). This book and its pair, Volume 2 cover 300 of the over 1,000 Australian Wattle species identified and described to date.
The current book is an excellent guide to identifying and growing Tasmanian Wattles with each of the 20 species accurately illustrated with a black and white line drawing on the right hand page and fully described on the opposite page. Additional information is provided on the flammability, propagation by seed and cuttings, and growing in containers. Four Mainland Wattle species that are potential weed species have also been illustrated and described with warnings not to grow near bushland or forestry areas. Self-published, this excellent reference booklet is available from Blackgum Distribution Services.
Launceston Field Naturalists - A Guide to Flowers and Plants of Tasmania
Now in the fourth edition, A Guide to Flowers and Plants of Tasmania has been a mainstay for people interested in identifying Tasmanian plants. First published in the 1970’s, to quote the Introduction, “It is impossible to feature all the flowering plants, so a representative sample of those easily seen has been chosen. Many are common and widespread, others are significant parts of the Tasmanian flora, either confined to Tasmania or examples of genera more richly represented in Tasmania than in other states.” Published and sold by the Launceston Field Naturalists Club Inc. postal address: PO Box 1072 Launceston Tasmania 7250, it is also available in selected book shop throughout the state.
The Student's Flora of Tasmania Part 4b
The fifth in a series of five books covering the botanical descriptions all known Tasmanian vascular plants (this does not include ferns and their allies, mosses, liverworts etc. and fungi). Written by Winifred M. Curtis and Dennis I Morris, this book, part 4b, provides descriptions and many sketches of all of Tasmania’s species of monocotyledons (one seed leaf) except the orchids. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of The Student’s Flora of Tasmania cover the Tasmanian dicotyledon species (two seed leaves), while part 4a covers orchids. Although now out of print (December 2012), copies of this book may still be available from selected book shops, especially the Student’s Union Book Shops at the University of Tasmania. Second hand copies may be available from specialist bookshops.
Wapstras - Tasmania's plant names unravelled
Tasmania's plant names unravelled, to quote the back cover: “is the first comprehensive species-by-species guide to the origin and meaning of the scientific and common names of the 2,750 vascular plants native and naturalised in Tasmania.” Full of excellent photographs, it is a book for the Tasmanian plant enthusiast and copies may be purchased from Fullers bookshops in Launceston and Hobart.
Wiltshire and Jordan – TreeFlip
An excellent all weather folding guide to 31 tree species native to Tasmania. Each species has an image of the leaves, the buds and flowers, the fruit and the bark, plus a map showing the natural distribution with a short description of the habitat. The species are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names and common names and the species genus are also given. Other useful identifying features are notes for the leaves, flowers and fruit where pertinent. Widely available in book shops, specialist timber suppliers and the Wilderness Shops
Wiltshire and Potts – EucaFlip
An excellent all weather folding guide to the Eucalypts of Tasmania. Each species has an image of the juvenile and adult leaves, the buds and flowers, the fruit and the bark, plus a map showing the natural distribution with a short description of the habitat. The species are grouped into their subgenus and section, i.e. gums, ashes and peppermints etc. Widely available in book shops, specialist timber suppliers and the Wilderness Shops
Gates, Ratkowsky and Wiltshire – FungiFlip
Photography by Pilkington and Theiss
Another excellent all weather folding guide to about 360 species of macrofungi native to Tasmania. The species are arranged alphabetically in informal morphological groups. This is a good first guide to Tasmanian fungi. However, fungi often deteriorate quite quickly and the images are for the species in their best condition so sometimes it may be difficult to identify the fungi that has been found using this publication. It may help to photograph the cap (top), stipe (stem) and gills (underside of cap) and use this pictorial guide with the text book, A Guide to Tasmanian Fungi also by Gates and Ratkowsky. Both publications a generally available in good book shops and some specialist nurseries.
Wiltshire - PooFlip
with illustrations by Jane Burrell
An excellent all weather folding guide to the scats of 27 Tasmanian native mammals, 3 introduced pest animals and the pellets of 3 notable Tasmanian birds. Each mammal species has an image of the mammal with identifying feature indicated, a life-sized image of its scat also with identifying features indicated, a map of Tasmania showing the mammal’s natural distribution with a short description of the natural habitat of the distribution. The mammal species are arranged by their physical size from the largest down to the smallest and their scientific and common names are given. This is a very useful publication for bushwalkers and naturalists who are keen to know what mammals are present in areas they visit. Generally available in book shops and bushwalking shops.
As the Student’s Flora publication are no longer in print, the following two web sites may assist botanically inclined people to find out more about Tasmanian Plants. Users should note, that these two web sites and Tasmania’s Natural flora are botanical family oriented resources. However, the latter has an excellent alphabetical index of family, species and common names.
Key to Tasmanian Vascular Plants
Provides descriptions and images of Tasmanian plants
Tasmanian Flora Online
provides full botanical descriptions of some of the Tasmanian families, genera and species, and is a work in progress.
Other web sites that may be of interest with respect to Tasmanian Plants.
Tasmanian Vegetation Types and Communities
Open and select “Native Plants and Animals” for information on Tasmanian vegetation types and communities, Tasmanian native plant species and Threatened species lists, descriptionsand information on individual species.
Threatened Plants Tasmania
Provides information on the Threatened Species and Wildcare organisations.