by Wendy Cooper
Illustrated by William T. Cooper
Published by Nokomis Editions Pty. Ltd.
Hard cover, full colour, 632 pages
Rainforests have always stirred our imagination as places of mystery and majestic natural beauty. They play a crucial role in the conservation of many species of plants and animals that are uniquely adapted to this wonderfully diverse habitat.
Rainforest plants and their fruits display a dazzling diversity of vibrant colours, textures and shapes. In this superbly illustrated scientific book, Wendy and Bill Williams combine their talents to show their commitment to the plants of their beloved rainforest.
In 1994 the Coopers published “Fruits of the Rain Forest - a guide to fruits in Australian tropical rain forests”, in which they described and illustrated 626 species. Most of the illustrations from that book have been used in this new book and more than 600 new fruit illustrations have been added.
“Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest” describes and identifies 2,436 species and includes paintings of 1,236 of these. Almost every species is accompanied by a line drawing of its leaf as an aid to identification.
For easy referencing, the book is divided into two sections - Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants) and Angiosperms (flowering plants) - each of which is arranged in order alphabetically by family, genus and species, making it ideal for botanists or the general public. Maps show all areas of the tropical Queensland rainforest mentioned in the text.
This book is magnificent and there is nothing like it anywhere in the world. With its vividly coloured illustrations and detailed descriptions, it offers the reader an unforgettable experience. The Coopers have earned a place in botanical history as pioneers for their approach to the study of tropical rainforest plants using fruits as the primary means of identification.
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