Plants of importance to Australia
Plants of importance to Australia: a checklist

Compiled by R.C.H. Shepherd, R.G. and F.J. Richardson


Published in 2001 by R.G. and F.J. Richardson, soft cover, section sewn, 358 pages


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ISBN 0958743959 or ISBN 9780958743952

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This book provides an accurate botanical name and a preferred common name for each plant that is or may be of importance to Australia. The plants chosen include both weeds of agriculture and the environment; crop plants including vegetables, tropical crops, orchard species and trees used for timber; ornamental species are included where they have or may become environmental weeds. The list is inclusive rather than exclusive - if a plant may become a weed, or may have value as a crop, or be a threat to our environment then we hope it has been included here.


The list follows in the tradition of A checklist of economic plants in Australia compiled by W. Hartley and published in 1979, which in turn followed the CSIRO booklet Standardized plant names published in 1942 as CSIR Bulletin No. 156 and revised as CSIRO Bulletin No. 272 in 1953. These books sought to provide standard common names for plants of economic significance in Australia. Since the last of these books was published there have been many changes to botanical names and many new species are now recognized as either weeds or valuable species in Australia.

Plants in the first section are presented in order of their botanical names by genus and species. Family names are indicated with the genus name, and the authority follows the species name. Subspecies and varieties are only included where important. Common names are provided where they exist and the first entry in the list for each species (in bold type) is the preferred common name for that species. The second section of the book is ordered by common names. Following each common name is the botanical name associated with that species. These have been arranged to indicate the preferred botanical name for that particular common name.


'The authoritative identification of any plant is its binomial botanical name. However, common names are the basis of most communication on plants throughout the community. Thus, linking common names to a botanical identification is critical for this communication. For many plants, there is more than one common name across Australia and some common names are used for more than one species. It greatly assists communication to know this range of common names for a species and to know the range of species for a common name. By providing this information, this book will be invaluable throughout the Australian community.' Bruce Wilson, President, Council of Australian Weed Science Societies


Table of contents






Botanical names index A-Z (pages 1-168)

Common names index A-Z (pages 169-358)

Production of this book was sponsored by Council of Australian Weed Science Societies, Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management Systems and Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment.



Page iv - spelling Csurhes [not Cshures]

Page 7 - under Achnatherum brachychaetum: add common name - Narrow kernel espartillo

Page 7 - under Achnatherum caudatum: common name spelling - Broad kernel espartillo [not Bread]

Page 12 - under Amaranthus macrocarpus: add var. macrocarpus and var. pallidus Benth.

Page 48 - add Croton setiger Hook. - Doveweed, Turkey mullein, Woolley-white drought weed

Page 63 - Eremocarpus setigerus [not setiger]: should read - see Croton setiger

Page 78 - Gelsemium sempervirens: common name should read - Carolina jessamine [not jasmine]

Page 78 - Gelsemium sempervirens: add common name - Yellow jessamine

Page 87 - under Hyparrhenia hirta: common name spelling - Coolatai grass [not Coolati]

Page 90 - spelling Ipomoea pandurata [not panduranta]

Page 106 - Melia azedarach: common name spelling - Bead tree [not Bread]

Page 158 - spelling Toxicodendron succedaneum [not succedanea]

Page 180 - add in: Bead tree - Melia azedarach [other species]

Page 192 - Bread tree: should read - Bead tree [move to page 180]

Page 213 - Coolati grass: should read - Coolatai grass

Page 225 - under Doveweed: should read Croton setiger [not Eremocarpus] [preferred species application]

Page 228 - under Espartillo: common name spelling - Broad kernel [not Bread]

Page 228 - under Espartillo: add Narrow kernel - Achnatherum caudatum [preferred species application]

Page 255 - under Jessamine: add Carolina - Gelsemium sempervirens [preferred species application]

Page 255 - under Jessamine: add yellow - Gelsemium sempervirens [other species]

Page 306 - under Potato vine, wild: spelling Ipomoea pandurata [not panduranta]

Page 312 - under Rhus: spelling Toxicodendron succedaneum [not succedanea]