Australian Palms – Biogeography, Ecology and Systematics


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Australian Palms – Biogeography, Ecology and Systematics Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: CSIRO Publishing Pages: 304 ISBN: 9780643096158 Categories: , ,

Australian Palms offers an updated and thorough systematic and taxonomic treatment of the Australian palm flora, covering 60 species in 21 genera. Of these, 54 species occur in continental Australia and six species on the off-shore territories of Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island and Christmas Island.
Incorporating recent advances in biogeographic and phylogenetic research, Australian Palms provides a comprehensive introduction to the palm family Arecaceae, with reviews of botanical history, biogeography, phylogeny, ecology and conservation. Thorough descriptions of genera and species include notes on ecology and typification, and keys and distribution maps assist with field recognition. Colour photographs of habit, leaf, flowers, fruit and unique diagnostic characters also feature for each species.

This work is the culmination of over 20 years of research into Australian palms, including extensive field-work and examination of herbarium specimens in Australia, South-East Asia, Europe and the USA.

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"This definitive reference work contains the mmost recent advances in research on teh Australian palm flora, unique in that it includes representatives of all five plam subfamilies and extensive reference materials."--Chicago Botanic Garden (11/01/2010)

Author Biography

John Leslie Dowe is a research botanist specializing in the systematics and ecology of the palm family Arecaceae. Since the early 1990s, he has focused on the Australian palm flora providing revisions and accounts of the genera Archontophoenix, Caryota, Licuala, Linospadix and Livistona, and describing over 25 new palm species. He was awarded a PhD in 2001, for research on the Australian fan-palm genus Livistona.