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How to Enjoy WA Wildflowers/Barrow, Jim/Paper/0957781733/S024-G
Wajon Publishing Company
This book will tell you good spots to look for wildflowers in the south west of Western Australia and how to put together touring routes ranging from Shark Bay to Hyden, Albany and Esperance. Perth is not neglected and one-day trips from there (including walks in Kings Park) are described. Possible places to stay are suggested. 233 species of the countless wildflowers you are likely to see are mentioned with many illustrated.
The south west of Western Australia is a paradise for flower enthusiasts with an enormous variety of colourful and attractive plants. They grow in a tough environment with very nutrient deficient soils, cool wet winters but hot dry summers. You will enjoy the plants you have come to see even more if you understand the different strategies they use to cope with the challenges of this environment. These strategies include having underground tubers or stilt roots, having specialised roots to obtain nutrients, being short-lived, and coping with fire.
The south west of Western Australia contains the Barren, Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, Wave Rock, granite outcrops (including other Wave Rocks), gravelly laterites, sand plains and abrupt hills called break-aways. You will enjoy your visit more if you understand the origin of these features and how their properties affect which plants grow and where they grow.
The book is an indispensable reference when planning a wildflower tour of Western Australia.
Dr Jim Barrow spent nearly 40 years working for CSIRO and 'retired' as a Chief Research Scientist in 1992. Post retirement he continued his scientific work but also devoted time to his wildflower interests. He is a past president of the Wildflower Society of WA. He lives with his wife in the Perth suburb of Mt Claremont.