Volume 39 of the Flora of Australia describes 17 families of monocots in 76 genera and 256 species. Most of the families are aquatic, and include the sea-grasses, pond weeds, and some major agricultural weed species. Four families are entirely or mostly terrestrial.
The aquatic families are all small in number of species, and two, Juncaginaceae and Posidoniaceae, have their greatest diversity in Australia. Lemnaceae contains the world’s smallest and most reduced flowering plants, some as tiny as 1 mm long.
Of the terrestrial families, all are predominantly tropical, with their greatest diversity outside Australia. Arecaceae (palms) and Pandanaceae are often large trees, and include species of economic importance as food and oil crops, fibre, timber and other construction materials, as well as many horticultural species. Araceae are mostly climbers but also arborescent to aquatic herbs, with several important food species, and many horticultural species and cultivars.
Thirty authors, illustrators and photographers have contributed to this volume.
About this book
Flora of Australia
Australian Biological Resources Study/
25 July 2011
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 10423 5
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 10424 2
250 × 176 mm (B5)
Number of pages
xviii + 301 pages
Hardcover and Softcover
63 colour plates
61 black and white plates
This book is available from bookshops which stock botanical titles or CSIRO Publishing