Rainforest trees
Rainforest trees of mainland south-eastern Australia second edition

By A.G. Floyd


Published in 2008 by Terania Rainforest Publishing, b&w illustrations with colour photographs in the introduction, hard cover, 443 pages


Price $A75.00 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780958943673

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A comprehensive reference to all 402 rainforest tree species in Victoria and New South Wales, including some distribution extensions into Queensland. The text is written in a simplified botanical style and every species is illustrated with a detailed line drawing and its habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, habitat, distribution, timber, uses and regeneration are all described. A key to enable rapid identification is based on ever-present botanical features such as trunk, branchlets and leaves.


The introduction includes discussions on the classification of rainforest types, and the structure distribution and physiognomy of rainforests. This long-awaited second edition [first edition 1989] has been fully updated with new species, name changes and additional distribution information.


Table of contents




About the author


Glossary of botanical terms

Key to rainforest trees

Descriptions of species [pages 57-428]

Appendix: Locations of conserved rainforest areas and State Forests






(from Plant Protection Quarterly 24 (1) p.40 2009)

This book was first published in 1989 and since then there have been 18 additional species described as well as major taxonomic changes at species, generic and family levels. The aim of this publication is to provide a full description of each tree species, with special reference to features of the trunk, bark, branchlets and leaves, which are always present. The descriptions are written in a simplified botanical style which is clear and easy to understand. A key is provided for all species based on ever-present vegetative features only.


The book describes trees from rainforests of Victoria and New South Wales only, but does not include Tasmania, which due to its geographic isolation contains many endemic species. Only species that can regenerate under shade or in natural gaps in the rainforest are included. Rainforests are defined as consisting of a closed canopy of trees that are mainly humidity dependent. Usually there is more than one tree layer together with vines and epiphytes. Some species are included that are usually only shrubs but can, under ideal conditions, qualify as a tree.


Species descriptions have an emphasis on field characteristics. Descriptions begin with synonyms (if any), followed by the derivation of the botanical name, common names, standard trade name (taken from the Australian standard AS02-1970 Nomenclature for Australian Timbers), habit, trunk description, outer bark, inner bark, branchlets, leaves, venation, flowers, fruit, habitat, distribution, timber and uses and lastly regeneration. Each description is accompanied by a line drawing of leaves often with flowers and fruit. Descriptions are clear, concise and easy to understand as the more complex botanical terms are avoided. Species are ordered into families and as for species descriptions there is a comprehensive family description.


The book begins with an introduction looking at the history, distribution, structure, life forms and features and classification of rainforests and is followed by a glossary of botanical terms. It ends with an appendix listing locations of conserved rainforest areas and State forests, a bibliography and a comprehensive index of common and botanical names.


The author Alex Floyd graduated as a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University then joined the Forestry Commission of New South Wales as a forester based in southern NSW. After spending several years in Papua New Guinea as a forest ecologist and botanist he returned the Forestry Commission of New South Wales as a silvicultural research officer at Coffs Harbour eventually being appointed officer-in-charge a position he held for 15 years. He also spent time with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service reviewing the conservation status of that State’s rainforest communities. When Alex retired from the public service in 1989, he and his wife dedicated their time to the establishment of the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Coffs Harbour where he became Honorary Curator of the herbarium donated to the gardens by the Forestry Commission of NSW. The genus Floydia and the species Bosistoa floydii, Cryptocarya floydii and Endiandra floydii are named in his honour. In 2008 Alex was awarded the Order of Australia for services to botany.


It almost goes without saying that this is a most comprehensive book on south-eastern Australian rainforests. It is an essential tool for anyone working on or with an interest in 402 rainforest trees of Victoria and New South Wales and a great companion to Rainforest Trees and Shrubs by Gwen Harden, Bill McDonald and John Williams.

R.G. Richardson, Meredith