Lovers of native flora, gardeners and travellers will be grateful for this, the second in Cronin’s Key Guideseries, focussing on the over 325 species of tree to be found around Australia. The author, Leonard Cronin, has been studying and writing about Australian flora and fauna for thirty years, and his aim here is to share some of his knowledge with the general reader.
Each tree species is illustrated in colour and described in detail, to enable readers to identify specimens, and accompanied by a distribution map to show where it can be found in Australia. At the front of the book there are visual classification keys, allowing readers to use leaf shapes or eucalypt fruit shapes to find possible page matches.
This handy guide is small enough to take along in the car, caravan or even a daypack, and would make an excellent addition to the home reference library. It uses straight forward language which will be accessible to average readers with no scientific or botanical background.
Cronin’s Key Guide to Australian Trees, by Leonard Cronin
Allen & Unwin, 2007
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