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A Jewel in the Crown
of a
Global Biodiversity Hotspot

Edited by
Hans Lambers
Artwork by
Philippa Nikulinsky
FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 444 pages
SIZE: 297 x 210 mm
ISBN: 978-0-9806417-4-5

Published September 2019 $89.95

South-western Australia is a region of exquisite landscapes and unique plants, animals and fungi. It is one of the World’s ‘Biodiversity Hotspots’, based on its highly diverse, endemic and threatened flora.

Greater Perth is particularly well-known for its species richness and endemism, home to numerous Declared Rare Flora and Priority species as well as Threatened Ecological Communities.

A Jewel in the Crown of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot has been assembled using current research and understanding about the geology, hydrology, soils, flora, fauna, fungi, archaeology, history and other aspects.

The book has been published jointly by the Kwongan Foundation and the Western Australian Naturalists’ Club Inc, Perth.

Leaf and branch

Trees and tall shrubs of Perth

Robert Powell
Illustrations by Margaret Pieroni and Susan Patrick

Reprint Published 2019 $45.00

Perth’s trees and tall shrubs give us a sense of place and support an abundance of life. This classic book helps the reader not only to identify them but also to understand and appreciate them. It describes the appearance and character of each species, its area of occurrence, value to other forms of life, and place in the human record. Introductory and closing chapters provide the context, discussing soil-types, plant communities, associated life, the beauty of our local trees and shrubs, the threats to their survival, and what the reader can do to help conserve them.

Delicate line-drawings reflect the emphasis on each tree or shrub as a whole entity, revealing typical patterns of growth, the mature character of each species. Drawings of insects, birds and other forms of life draw attention to ecological interactions.

This is a reprint of the long out of print second edition that was thoroughly updated and revised in 2009 and that had additional information and more illustrations. This reprint does not update the text.

Leaf and Branch makes a fine gift. It is designed to be read at leisure or used in the field as a quick-reference tool. It is highly suitable for nature-lovers, for students of any age, for the visitor to Western Australia — indeed for anyone attracted to the often subtle beauty of Perth’s trees and tall shrubs.

Fungi Pocket guide to Mushrooms and other Fungi of South West Western Australia

By Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Katrina Syme

*** Out of Stock ***

Published 2018 $10.00

Contains 91 common mushrooms and other fungi from South West WA with images from the region: Kalbarri to Ravensthorpe, including Perth and the south west Capes.
Shower proof and light so you can take it out in the field.

Available from WA Naturalists’ Club Meetings, Fungi events, Club office or members who are Fungi Leaders

Identification and Ecology of Southwest Australian Orchids.


A User-friendly

By Mark Brundrett

*** Out of Print ***

Published 2014 $55.00

This field guide to temperate West Australian orchids is designed to be user friendly by limiting the use of terminology in keys and using visual guides to species, but also aims to make identification as accurate as possible. For each species, a brief description focuses on defining features with the majority of space used for photos that clearly show identifying features. There are over 1500 photographs including many focus-stacked images that reveal intricate floral details. It also provides detailed information on the pollination, ecology, cultivation, conservation and taxonomy of these orchids.

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the Rockingham Offshore Islands and Cape Peron.

By A. Motherwell (Chairman)

Published 1988 $11.00

This Guide describes and illustrates the flora and fauna (including marine life) of Garden Island, the offshore islands of Shoalwater Bay and Cape Peron. It also includes Tern Island, a recently vegetated islet in Safety Bay. A rich diversity of wildlife is illustrated and attention is drawn to the importance of the area with regard to breeding of species such as the Little Penguin.
The special role of the islands is emphasized by the survival on Garden Island of the Tammar Wallaby, together with several species of trees, plants and bush birds, all of which are absent from the immediate mainland. The main factors favouring their survival are the absence of regular burning, and of predators such as the fox and feral cat. The communities of Garden Island may represent the balance of flora and fauna which existed on the mainland prior to European settlement. Five sections are included: plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and marine life.

The Dragonflies (Odonata) of South-western Australia.

By J.A.L. Watson

Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia and
Zoological Laboratory, Downing Street, Cambridge, England

Published 1962


$3.85  Handbook No. 7 

A guide to the identification, ecology, distribution and affinities of larvae and adults.

A Guide to the Coastal Flora of South-western Australia.

(2nd edition). By G.G. Smith

$8.80  Handbook No. 10

The Natural History of the Wongan Hills.


By K.F. Kenneally (Co-ordinator)

Published 1977, 108 p.

  $6.60 (Free to members)  Handbook No. 11

A detailed natural history of the region including a listing of every bird, mammal and species of flora that anyone had ever found in the area.

  • Narrative and Environment of the Survey
  • History of the Wongan Hills
  • The Flora
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Spiders

Mangroves of Western Australia.

By V. Semeniuk, K.F. Kenneally and P. G. Wilson.

Published 1978

$6.60  Handbook No. 12

A Naturalists’ Guide to Perth.

By B.M.J. Hussey,
M. Southwell-Keely
and J.M. Start

$11.00  Handbook No. 13

“If you have time to spare, are interested in natural history and a visitor to, or resident of Western Australia, this book will assist you to discover some of its wonderful flora and fauna. It contains brief descriptions of twenty-four locations, within or close to the City of Perth, that are of interest to the naturalist. These places have been selected to cover all the landforms in the area from the Darling Range, across the coastal plain and extending to the nearby islands. They include examples of all the major vegetation associations. Most are accessible by car and many are served by public transport.” – page 2.

Pollination in Western Australia
– A Database of Animals Visiting Flowers.

Pollination in Western Australia

By E.M. Brown,
A.H. Burbidge, J. Dell,
D. Edinger, S.D. Hopper and R.T. Wills. 


$27.50  Handbook No. 15

This book of over 450 pages, lists 4,000 records of birds, insects and mammals visiting native plants. It is an invaluable reference for gardeners and bush regenerators interested in planting native plants to attract pollinators. The records have been compiled statewide and many naturalists have contributed their own unpublished observations. General chapters discuss pollination biology and the data records are arranged in several tables for easy reference.

Growing Locals: Gardening with Local Plants in Perth.

By Robert Powell & Jane Emberson.

Illustrated by wildlife artist S. Tingay.

*** Out of Print ***


The definitive guide to growing local native plants in the Perth region.

This book:-

  • explains the value of local plants
  • deals with planning, establishing and managing your garden
  • describes how to observe plants and their response to their environment
  • discusses the associations between plants and animals
  • includes a list of virtually all the plant species of the Perth region, showing where they grow
  • suggests where to see examples of Perth’s different plant communities

“a handy reference to the fast disappearing treasury of local plants that is around us … practical information on how we can take positive steps to preserve it and the other unique life forms that surround us”

– John Colwill

“wonderfully informative”, “inspiring”


Bush Telegraph (Zanthorrea Nursery)