WEEDS OF THE SOUTH-EAST - an identification guide for Australia: Third edition

By F.J. Richardson, R.G. Richardson and R.C.H. Shepherd


Published 2016 by R.G. and F.J. Richardson, soft heavy-duty gatefold cover, 576 pages


Price $A79.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780980388541

  • Description
  • About the authors
  • Table of contents
  • Species list and sample pages

A comprehensive identification guide for weeds in the south-east region of Australia (Southeast region (p.xvii). This third edition has been fully updated and reorganised to recognise recent taxonomic changes and includes additional species, many new photographs and the latest distribution information:

Other features include:,

•  an illustrated glossary,

•  a section using flower colour and shape as an aid to plant identification,

•  species include weeds of agriculture, bushland, waterways, gardens, roadsides, wasteland and amenity areas, as well as new and emerging problem species,

•  illustrated with more than 3000 photographs including spectacular close-up shots,

•  key features are described with relevant measurements for easier identification,

•  comparisons are made to similar species and easily confused natives ,

•  situations where the species are likely to be found, and

•  distribution by State using the latest herbaria records.


Written in easy-to-understand language and beautifully illustrated, this is a field guide for anyone interested in the identification of pest plants and the preservation of our native flora. An essential tool for community land and bush care organisations, local and state government weed officers and advisers, rangers, agronomists, agriculturists, survey and identification botanists, horticulturists, landscapers and gardeners.


Supported by the Council of Australasian Weed Societies, Weed Society of New South Wales, Weed Management Society of South Australia, Tasmanian Weed Society and Weed Society of Victoria.


About the authors


Fiona Richardson - Born in the south of England, Fiona gained her Honours degree in Art and Sociology from the University of London in 1978 and worked as a market and business research consultant in Europe before emigrating to Australia in 1994. She now specialises in book design and typesetting for the publishing business she and Rob have built together.


Rob Richardson - Rob gained his Master of Agricultural Science degree from The University of Melbourne in 1976 and spent most of his career as a research scientist at the Keith Turnbull Research Institute in Frankston, Victoria working on the physiology and ecology of weeds, and the application and formulation of herbicides. He now specialises in editing and plant identification for the publishing business he runs with Fiona. They work from their bush property in the Brisbane Ranges of Victoria and are both keen sailors and photographers.


Ros Shepherd - Ros gained her Master of Science degree from The University of Queensland in 1966 and Master of Agricultural Science degree from The University of Melbourne in 1984. She spent many years as an entomologist at the Keith Turnbull Research Institute in Frankston, Victoria working on the biological control of pest plants and animals, which included research in South Africa. She is a keen bush walker, and now spends much of her time travelling in Australia and around the world, photographing and documenting plants.


Table of contents (third edition)





References and further reading

Identification using flower colour and shape


Plant guide

Ferns and allied plants - Dennstaedtiaceae, Dryopteridaceae , Equisetaceae, Lomariopsidaceae, Salviniaceae, Selaginellaceae.


Conifers - Cupressaceae, Pinaceae.


Monocotyledons - Agapanthaceae, Alismataceae, Alliaceae, Alstroemeriaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Aponogetonaceae , Araceae , Arecaceae, Asparagaceae, Asphodelaceae, Cannaceae, Colchicaceae, Commelinaceae, Cyperaceae, Haemodoraceae, Hemerocallidaceae, Hydrocharitaceae, Iridaceae, Juncaceae, Juncaginaceae, Liliaceae, Orchidaceae, Poaceae, Pontederiaceae, Typhaceae, Zingiberaceae.


Dicotyledons - Acanthaceae, Adoxaceae, Aizoaceae, Amaranthaceae, Anacardiaceae, Apiaceae, Apocynaceae , Aquifoliaceae , Araliaceae, Asteraceae, Balsaminaceae, Basellaceae, Berberidaceae, Betulaceae, Bignoniaceae, Boraginaceae, Brassicaceae, Cabombaceae, Cactaceae, Campanulaceae , Cannabaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Celastraceae, Chenopodiaceae , Cistaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cornaceae, Crassulaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Ericaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae – Caesalpinioidaeae, Fabaceae – Faboideae, Fabaceae – Mimosoideae, Fagaceae, Gentianaceae, Geraniaceae, Griseliniaceae, Grossulariaceae, Haloragaceae, Hypericaceae, Lamiaceae, Lauraceae, Linaceae, Lythraceae, Malvaceae, Martyniaceae, Meliaceae, Melianthaceae, Molluginaceae, Moraceae, Myrtaceae , Nitrariaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Nymphaeaceae, Ochnaceae, Oleaceae , Onagraceae, Orobanchaceae, Oxalidaceae, Papaveraceae, Passifloraceae, Pedaliaceae , Phrymaceae , Phyllanthaceae , Phytolaccaceae , Pittosporaceae, Plantaginaceae, Plumbaginaceae, Polemoniaceae, Polygalaceae, Polygonaceae, Portulacaceae, Primulaceae , Proteaceae , Ranunculaceae, Resedaceae, Rhamnaceae, Rosaceae, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae , Salicaceae , Sapindaceae, Saururaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Simaroubaceae , Solanaceae , Tamaricaceae , Thymelaeaceae, Tropaeolaceae , Ulmaceae , Urticaceae, Verbenaceae , Violaceae, Vitaceae, Zygophyllaceae.





SAMPLE PAGE (p.226) (PDF - 1.7 MB),

SAMPLE PAGE (p.274) (PDF - 1 MB)

SAMPLE PAGE (p.379) (PDF - 1.1 MB)

Southeast region (p.xvii) (PDF - 922 KB)