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Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges

Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges

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Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges

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Nov 1, 2000


The Brisbane Ranges area, situated 80 km west of Melbourne and 30 km north-west of Geelong, is extraordinarily rich in diversity. With basalt grasslands, heathy woodland, alluvial soils, buckshot gravel and granite rocks, it boasts more than 430 species of native plants.

Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges contains magnificent photographs of more than 400 species, many of them orchids, including rare and vulnerable species such as the Naked Sun Orchid (Thelymitra circumsepta) and the Hyacinth Orchid (Dipodium pardalinum).

A list of references, colour guide, glossary, comprehensive index and a soil type map have been included, to assist the reader in locating and identifying the different species.

This full colour guide is the culmination of more than a decade of painstaking observation. It will help both the casual visitor and the keen naturalist to locate and identify an extensive range of wildflowers from this exceptional part of Victoria.

Nov 1, 2000

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Brisbane Ranges

Clive & Merle Trigg

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-publication entry

Trigg, Clive, 1922–.

Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges.


Includes index.

ISBN 0 643 06564 4.

1. Wild flowers – Victoria – Brisbane Ranges National Park

Region – Identification. I. Trigg, Merle. II. Title.


Photographs and associated text © 2000 Clive & Merle Trigg Introductory text © 2000 Friends of the Brisbane Ranges Inc.

Map © DNRE 2000

This project was supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Federation Fund administered by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Available from:


PO Box 1139

(150 Oxford Street)

Collingwood 3066


Tel: (03) 9662 7666 Int: +61 3 9662 7666

Fax: (03) 9662 7555 Int: +61 3 9662 7555

Designed by Melissa Gibson

Cover photo:

Grevillea steiglitziana is found only

in the Brisbane Ranges in Victoria.

The Brisbane Ranges National Park,

80 km east of Melbourne, is

administered by Parks Victoria.




Friends of the Brisbane Ranges

Brisbane Ranges Landscape

Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges

Colour identification guide

Glossary and abbreviations




The authors thank the members of the Book Steering Committee, Friends of the Brisbane Ranges, in particular Nola Haines, coordinator, and those who successfully applied for a Federal Government grant from the Federation Fund, which made publication of this book possible.

We also wish to thank the following:

• Cyril Curtain who brought to the notice of Nicholas Alexander, CSIRO Publishing, the potential of a book on the Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges;

• Chris Worrall, Judy Locke, Rangers and staff of Parks Victoria, Anakie, who have readily made available information to assist us in gathering material for this book;

• Neville Walsh, National Herbarium of Victoria, for advice and encouragement;

• Jeffrey Jeanes, National Herbarium of Victoria, for generously correcting the botanical content of the book and for contributing several of the introductory paragraphs for the major families, as well as giving guidance in the composition of the remainder;

• Des Peters, Parks Victoria, Bacchus Marsh for his valued advice;

• Parks Victoria for their generous support;

• Rod Thomas and Chris Lindorff, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bacchus Marsh for supplying the soil type map; and

• John Eichler, Winston Huggins, Pauline Lewis, Chris Lindorff, Peter Locke, Susan Trigg, Philip Wierzbowski and Christine Wlodarczyk for their valuable support and advice.


The Brisbane Ranges area is diverse in its geology, stretching as it does from Bacchus Marsh to Maude and encompassing basalt grasslands, heathy woodland, auriferous soils, buckshot gravel and granite rocks. A short history of the landscape may be found in the following pages.

The flora is equally diverse with more than 430 naturally occurring species of wildflowers recorded. Space does not permit photos of all species of wildflowers, grasses and sedges to be included, but a comprehensive list of the flora of the Brisbane Ranges may be obtained by phoning Parks Victoria, Parks Information on 13 19 63.

In this book, we have followed the nomenclature from Ross, J. H. (ed) A Census of the Vascular Plants of Victoria 2000, 6th edition, National Herbarium of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. With each photograph, the botanical name appears first, followed by the common name and the family name. A short description of the plant, size of flower and habitat is included, together with the season of flowering. (Unless otherwise stated the size given is that of the height of the plant or the width of the flower and is at the upper limit.)

The soil-type map at the end of the book is coded with the letters A – L. By following the letters under each photograph in the book, it should be possible to find the area where each plant grows.

A list of references, colour guide, glossary and comprehensive index have been included, to assist the reader in locating and identifying the different species.

An introductory paragraph for the major families is to be found at the commencement of each of eight families to assist the reader with identification.

Many of the flowers in the photographs have been magnified as an aid to identification as well as to show their hidden beauty. A similar view may be obtained in the field by the use of a magnifying glass. Where possible the photos have been taken in situ in the Brisbane Ranges. Many recorded species have not been sighted in recent years, but photos of the same species from nearby areas have been included as a comparison, should these be found.

We acknowledge those who have been before us in researching the flora of the Brisbane Ranges, (some whose names are written in recorded history) and those who are presently engaged in that pursuit. This book is the result of our search for answers.

All native flora are protected plants in the wild — collecting them is illegal.

Clive and Merle Trigg


March 2000

Friends of the Brisbane Ranges

The Friends of the Brisbane Ranges provides opportunities for people to meet socially and learn about the environment, ecology, flora, fauna and history of the Brisbane Ranges National Park and the Steiglitz Historic Park. It is part of the state-wide network of National Park Friends Groups initiated and organised by the Victorian National Parks Association, one of Victoria’s leading non-government conservation organisations.

Friends volunteers contribute to projects designed — in liaison with the park rangers — to assist in the enhancement and management of our national parks. With members drawn from all walks of life, the groups are able to provide useful feedback from a broad perspective to parks management. On the ground, members help in flora and fauna surveys, track marking, tree planting and similar activities. Groups are also able to apply for grants to help with more ambitious projects, including publications about their parks such as this book.

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