- Evolutionary ecology research
- Australian rainforest - evolutionary ecology
- Australian rainforest through time
- Biodiversity adaptation transect
- Botany of Botany Bay
- Ceratopetalum - Phylogenetic relationships
- Conservation genetics
- Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland
- Eucalypts: adaptive variation vs vicariance
- Floristic Lists of NSW
- Habitat fragmentation
- Isopogon prostratus - ecology
- Liverpool Plains grasslands
- Native plants of Sydney Harbour NP
- Newnes Plateau Shrub Swamps
- Plants of the Newnes Plateau
- Plants, vegetation, landscape, country
- Podocarpus elatus - rainforest conifer
- Post-glacial range shift
- Proteaceae - natural hybridisation
- Proteaceae - shifting species boundaries
- Proteaceae - speciation
- Rainforest diversity
- Testing speciation models
- Horticultural research
- Plant diversity research
- Plant pathology research
- Herbarium & resources
- Scientific publications
- Restore & Renew NSW
Floristic Lists of New South Wales
Floristic lists are often an important source of botanical information for a particular area and may serve as a useful starting point for more detailed study. Such lists may be used for general comparisons of the vegetation of different localities, or that of the same locality at different times. A number of annotated bibliographies of floristic lists have been compiled by the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, including the works of Pickard (1972), Bryant & Benson (1981), Keith (1988), and Benson & Melrose (1993). These earlier works have been amalgamated and updated to 2005 by Rod Roberts, bringing the total number of references here to more than 1000.
Types of lists included
Similar criteria to those of the earlier bibliographies have been adopted. The lists are up to 2005 and include a number of older, previously overlooked lists. The lists range from regional floras to brief lists of predominating species and may or may not include ecological notes on the vegetation, the environment or the abundance of the species. They also vary considerably with regard to the size of the area surveyed and the precision with which this is defined, as well as completeness and the reliability of identifications. Nomenclature may be out of date, depending on when the lists were compiled.
The bibliography includes both published and unpublished material. Most of the unpublished lists are held at the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Library.
Arrangement of the bibliography
The lists are arranged by 1: 250 000 Map Sheet title - see map below, and listed alphabetically by author, with date of publication, title and publication. Annotations include the approximate number of species, their arrangement in the list and references to any ecological notes provided on abundance, habitat, soil type, plant communities etc. Botanical Regions and Local Government Areas are provided.
Published lists will remain the main source of data to many workers. Access to species list data is important to those involved in natural area management, and we urge people with lists to forward them to the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Library where they can be made available on request. In compiling lists for such purposes, accurate identifications and site localities are essential. Long, unannotated lists covering large, poorly defined areas are less useful. Such lists should be recorded either by sites or by plant communities and should be accompanied, where possible by descriptions of the relevant plant communities, together with accurate locational information. Data on the relative abundance of the different species may also be worthwhile. There is also an increasing need for ecological observations of species, such as fire responses, fruiting periods, seed dispersal and growing periods. Such observations can be readily integrated within a species list.
The following journals were searched, together with a number of occasional publications for the period 1972-2005.
Compiled by Rod Roberts, Lyn McDougall and Doug Benson