The Flowering of Australia’s Rainforests: Pollination Ecology and Plant Evolution


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The Flowering of Australia’s Rainforests: Pollination Ecology and Plant Evolution Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: CSIRO Publishing Pages: 288 Language: English ISBN: 9781486314270 Categories: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Flowering of Australia’s Rainforests provides a comprehensive introduction to the pollination ecology, evolution and conservation of Australian rainforest plants, with particular emphasis on subtropical rainforests and their associated pollinators. This significantly expanded second edition includes new information on the impact of climate change, fire, fragmentation and invasive species.

Rainforests continue to be a focus of global conservation concern, not only from threats to biodiversity in general, but to pollinators specifically. Within Australia, this has been emphasised by recent cataclysmic fire impacts, ongoing extreme drought events, and the wider consideration of climate change. This second edition strengthens coverage of these issues beyond that of the first edition.

The Flowering of Australia’s Rainforests makes timely contributions to our understanding of the nature and function of the world’s pollinator fauna, plant-reproduction dependencies, and the evolutionary pathway that has brought them to their current state and function. Illustrated with 150 colour plates of major species and rainforest formations, this reference work will be of value to ecologists and field naturalists, botanists, conservation biologists, ecosystemmanagers and community groups involved in habitat restoration.


  • Provides an overview of the pollination ecology of Australia’s rainforests in a world rainforest context.
  • In particular discusses the pollination ecology of threatened subtropical rainforests, including the impact of climate change, fragmentation, fire and invasive species.
  • Provides an introductory review of plant evolution and plant-pollinator relationships.
  • Discusses pollination syndromes and the role and function of pollinator groups.
  • Serves as a companion volume to The Invertebrate World of Australia’s Subtropical Rainforests
Weight1.448 kg


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Author Biography

Geoff Williams OAM, AM is a pollination ecologist and conservation biologist with a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a specialist background in entomology and invertebrate biogeography. He is an Honorary Research Associate with the Australian Museum, Sydney, and has particular interest in the pollination of rainforest plants, ecosystem management and forest rehabilitation. He has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal as well as honorary membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contributions to science and biodiversity conservation. Geoff's research has been widely published, including in his recent book The Invertebrate World of Australia's Subtropical Rainforests (CSIRO Publishing, 2020).