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Plant Identification Books and Floras

Beasley J. 2009. Plants of Cape York: the compact guide.

Cooper WT, Cooper W. 2013. Australian Rainforest Fruits: A Field Guide. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.

Francis WD. 1951. Australian Rain-Forest Trees. Sydney: Halstead Press. 347 pp.

Jackes, BR. 2010. Plants of Magnetic Island (3rd Ed)

Jackes, BR, Cairns, A. 2001. Plants of the tropics: rainforest to heath (an identification guide)

Taxonomic Literature

Chaowasku T, Keßler PJ. 2013. Phylogeny of Miliusa (Magnoliales: Annonaceae: Malmeoideae: Miliuseae), with descriptions of two new species from Malesia. European Journal of Taxonomy 54, 1-21.

Ford AJ, Weston PH. 2012. A taxonomic revision of Hollandaea F.Muell. (Proteaceae). Austrobaileya 8, 670-687.

Harrington MG, Gadek, PA. 2004. Molecular systematics of the Acmena alliance (Myrtaceae): phylogenetic analyses and evolutionary implications with reference to Australian taxa. Australian Systematic Botany 17, 63-72.

Harrington MG, Jackes BR, Barrett MD, Craven LA, Barrett RL. 2012. Phylogenetic revision of Backhousieae (Myrtaceae): Neogene divergence, a revised circumscription of Backhousia and two new species. Australian Systematic Botany 25, 404-417

Hyland BPM. 1983. A revision of Syzygium and allied genera (Myrtaceae) in Australia. Australian Journal of Botany., Supplementary series; Suppl. no. 9.

Les DH, Crawford DJ (1999) Landoltia (Lemnaceae), a new genus of duckweeds. Novon 9, 530-533.

Schori M (2010) A Systematic Revision of Gomphandra (Stemonuraceae). Ph.D Thesis. Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of Ohio University. (link to pdf)

Van Welzen PC, Kulju KKM, Sierra SEC, Slik JWF. 2010. Key to the Malesian species of Mallotus (Euphorbiaceae). Blumea 55, 285-290. (link to pdf)

Aboriginal Plant Use

Dixon RMW (1991) Words of Our Country. University of Queensland Press, Queensland.

Roberts J, Fisher CJ, Gibson R (1995) A Guide to Traditional Aboriginal Plant use. Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunka Inc. Mossman, Qld.


Apgaua DMG, Tng DYP, Cernusak LA, Cheesman AW, Santos RM, Edwards WJ, Laurance SGW (2016) Plant functional groups within a tropical forest exhibit different wood functional anatomy. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12787.

Connell, J. H. (1978). Diversity in tropical rain forests and coral reefs. Science 199, 1302-1310.

Cummings J, Martin M, Rogers A. 2006. Quantifying the abundance of four large epiphytic fern species in remnant complex notophyll vine forest on the Atherton Tableland, north Queensland, Australia. Cunninghamia 9, 521–527.

Falster DS, Westoby M. 2005. Alternative height strategies among 45 dicot rain forest species from tropical Queensland, Australia. Journal of Ecology 93, 521–535. doi:10.1111/j.0022-0477.2005.00992.x

Goosem S, Tucker NIJ. 2013. Repairing the Rainforest. 2nd Ed. Wet Tropics Management Authority and BiotropicaAustralia Pty. Ltd. Cairns.

Hopkins MS, Graham AW. 1987. The viability of seeds of rain-forest species after experimental soil burials under tropical wet lowland forest in northeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Ecology 12, 97–108.

Testo W, Sundue M. 2014. Primary Hemiepiphytism in Colysis ampla (Polypodiaceae) Provides New Insight into the Evolution of Growth Habit in Ferns. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 175, 526-536.

Tng DYP, Jordan GJ, Bowman DMJS. 2013. Plant traits demonstrate that temperate and tropical giant eucalypt forests are ecologically convergent with rainforest not savanna. PLoS ONE 8: e84378. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084378

Tng DYP, Goosem S, Jordan GJ, Bowman DMJS. 2014. Letting giants be – rethinking active fire management of old-growth eucalypt forest in the Australian tropics. Journal of Applied Ecology 51, 555-559. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12233

Tng DYP, Goosem MW, Paz CP, Laurance SGW. 2015. Invader from the dark side – Shade-tolerant weed threatens Australian World Heritage Rainforests. [READ]

Tng DYP, Williamson GJ, Jordan GJ, Bowman DMJS. 2012. Giant eucalypts – globally unique fire-adapted rain-forest trees? New Phytologist 196, 1001-1014. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04359.x

Tng DYP, Murphy BP, Weber E, Sanders G, Williamson GJ et al. 2012. Humid tropical rain forest has expanded into eucalypt forest and savanna over the last 50 years. Ecology & Evolution 2: 34–45. doi:10.1002/

Tng DYP, Apgaua DMG, Campbell MJ, Cox CJ, Crayn DM, Ishida FY, Laidlaw MJ, Liddell MJ, Seager M, Laurance SGW (2016) Vegetation and floristics of a lowland tropical rainforest in northeast Australia. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7599. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7599 [READ]

Warman L, Moles AT. 2009. Alternative stable states in Australia’s Wet Tropics: a theoretical framework for the field data and a field-case for the theory. Landscape Ecology 24: 1–13. doi:10.1007/s10980-008-9285-9.

Yeo WLJ, Fensham RJ. 2014. Will Acacia secondary forest become rainforest in the Australian Wet Tropics? Forest Ecology and Management 331, 208-217.

Vegetation Description and Checklists

Bostock PD, Holland AE. (Eds). 2010. Census of the Queensland Flora 2010. Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Brisbane. (Link to pdf)

Fensham, RJ. 1996. The floristics and structure of dry rainforest at Forty Mile Scrub National Park, north Queensland. Cunninghamia, 4, 483-495.

Goosem S, Morgan G, Kemp JE. 1999. Wet tropics. In: P Sattler, R Williams. The conservation status of Queensland’s bioregional ecosystems. Brisbane: Environmental Protection Agency. p. 7/1–7/73.

Harrington GN, Thomas MR, Sanderson KD, Irvine AK. 2000. Structure and plant species dominance in North Queensland wet sclerophyll forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 109: 59–74.

McDonald TJ. 1984. The Coastal Vegetation of Mulgrave Shire (Ellie Point to Buchan Point. Queensland Botany Bulletin No. 2. Botany Branch. Deppartment of Primary Industries, Brisbane.

Metcalfe DJ, O’Malley T, Lawson TJ, Ford AJ. 2014. Mapping Littoral Rainforest & Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia in the Wet Tropics: Mission Beach Pilot Study. Report to the National Environmental Research Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns. 37 pp.

Neldner VJ, Niehus RE. Wilson BA, McDonald WJF, Ford AJ. 2014. The Vegetation of Queensland. Descriptions of Broad Vegetation Groups. Version 1.1. Queensland Herbarium, Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

Tng DYP, Apgaua DMG, Campbell MJ, Cox CJ, Crayn DM, Ishida FY, Laidlaw MJ, Liddell MJ, Seager M, Laurance SGW. 2016. Vegetation and floristics of a lowland tropical rainforest in northeast Australia. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7599. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7599

Tracey JG. 1982. The vegetation of the humid tropical region of North Queensland. Melbourne: CSIRO. 124 pp.

Unwin G. 1989. Structure and composition of the abrupt rain-forest boundary in the Herberton Highland, North Queensland. Australian Journal of Botany 37: 413–428.

Plant Biogeography

Bramley GLC. 2011. Distribution patterns in Malesian Callicarpa (Lamiaceae) Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 63, 287-298.

Medicinal plants

Cribb AB, Cribb JW. 1981. Wild Medicine in Australia. William Collins Pty Ltd, Sydney.

Dash DK, Yeligar VC, Nayak SS, Ghosh T, Rajalingam D, Sengupta P, Maiti BC, Maity TK. 2007. Evaluation of hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of Ichnocarpus frutescens (Linn.) R.Br. on paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 6, 755-765. (link to pdf)

Other Plant Use Literature

French B. 2014. Edible Syzygium Fruit. Food Plants International. Url:


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