The book every Granite Belt resident needs
A COMMUNITY-BASED project many years in the making came to fruition with the launch of The Flora of the Granite Belt book at Ballandean on Sunday.
Published by the Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium, the book is the first comprehensive guide to the unique plants of the Granite Belt region.
The enormous range of habitats in the region due to its elevation, topographic variation and granite geology has resulted in a profusion of flowering plants with diverse forms and habits, colour and structure.
Group secretary Liz Bourne said more than 900 species of flowering plants were covered in the book and this was complemented by stunning photographs of over 700 of them.
"This project has really been a labour of love by members of our Consortium over many years and we are proud the book has finally been published,” she said.
"Our group was formed in 2004 and since then we have produced a range of publications to help promote enjoyment and understanding of our local flora.
"However, this book is the icing on the cake for us, combining local knowledge from a range of botanical experts plus some stunning photos.”
Ms Bourne said the book contained a full index of common and scientific names, as well as keys and indexes for the major plant groups which made it easy to navigate and assist with plant identification.
"We hope it will be treasured as an indispensable resource by plant enthusiasts, botanists, visitors to the Granite Belt as well as local residents and landholders,” she