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Glass House Mountains plant guide now available

2 November 2015

A colourful guide to the fascinating plants of the Glass House Mountains, written by rangers, is now available. Photo: Qld Government.

A colourful guide to the fascinating plants of the Glass House Mountains, written by rangers, is now available. Photo: Qld Government.

The great diversity of plants in Glass House Mountains National Park is on show in a new identification guide, created by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers.

QPWS Senior Ranger Nat Smith said the QPWS Ranger field guide: Native plants of Glass House Mountains National Park identified more than 150 species in the wetlands, eucalypt forests and montane areas of local national parks.

"Whether you are a botanist, a hiker with an interest in plants or simply like to potter in the garden on a weekend, this is a great user-friendly guide," Mr Smith said.

"The guide was initially created to help park rangers identify plants in the Glass House Mountains National Park area but was quickly recognised as a valuable resource for visitors wishing to gain greater knowledge and appreciation of the park’s diverse plant communities.

"The guide identifies more than 150 common and protected plant species throughout the park across a wide variety of landscapes, such as the iconic rocky peaks and pavements, hilly slopes and the flat coastal plains and swamps."

"Some of the plants described occur only on Glass House Mountain peaks or in surrounding forests, while many others are more commonly found in the Sunshine Coast lowlands."

Mr Smith said the guide was a credit to its authors, Shelley Novello and Rowena Thomas, with a combined 36 years’ experience as field botanists with QPWS.

"Shelley and Rowena have recorded and mapped plant species and forest communities in the Sunshine Coast’s national parks, and their knowledge and expertise is evident in the pages of this guide.

"The field guide’s broad plant life-form groupings, colourful photos, plain-English descriptions and spiral-bound layout make it a very useable book that will add to visitors’ and locals’ enjoyment of the beauty of Glass House Mountains National Park and surrounding areas," he said.

The guide is available for viewing at Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast Regional Council libraries, and copies can be purchased for $22 from selected outlets – see Glass House Mountains National Park.

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2 November 2015