Ten years after its first release, Mangroves to Mountains continues to be the definitive field guide to native plants of SEQ. This book is now even better with the recent release of the second edition. It now provides full coverage of all wattles, all orchids, all gumtrees (eucalypts, corymbias, lophostemons, angophoras and syncarpias) and impressively, all flowering rainforest plants (trees, shrubs and vines) found in SEQ.
The sections on sedges and grasses have also been expanded. In total, 250 species have been added to this second edition bringing the total number of plants covered to just over 2450 species. Surprisingly, despite this increase in content, the second edition is thinner in size thanks to different paper.
The life-long work of the authors in documenting our native flora is reflected in this book, plus their passion for educating others and sharing their skills. We are fortunate in SEQ to have such an incredible resource at our fingertips. A perfect Christmas gift for those who love the outdoors.
Review by Deborah Metters