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

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


OUT OF PRINT. New edition due late 2016


Price $A79.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia, overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780980388534

  • 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.ix). This second edition has been fully updated and reorganised to recognise recent taxonomic changes and includes many new species and photographs, an expanded illustrated glossary and a completely new section using flower colour and shape as an aid to plant identification:• over 2500 plant species including weeds of agriculture, bushland, waterways, gardens, roadsides, wasteland and amenity areas, and many new and emerging problem species,

• illustrated with more than 2000 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

• occurrence 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 and government organisations, park rangers, weed officers and advisers, agronomists, landholders, horticulturists, landscapers, amateur naturalists and gardeners.


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


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 (second edition)





References and further reading

Identification using flower colour and shape


Plant guide

Ferns and allied plants - Davalliaceae, Dennstaedtiaceae, Dryopteridaceae, Equisetaceae, Marsileaceae, 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, Potamogetonaceae, 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, Ceratophyllaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Cistaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cornaceae, Crassulaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Ericaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Fagaceae, Gentianaceae, Geraniaceae, Griseliniaceae, Grossulariaceae, Haloragaceae, Hypericaceae, Lamiaceae, Lauraceae, Lentibulariaceae, 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, Scrophulariaceae, Simaroubaceae, Solanaceae, Tamaricaceae, Thymelaeaceae, Tropaeolaceae, Ulmaceae, Urticaceae, Verbenaceae, Violaceae, Zygophyllaceae





SAMPLE PAGE (p.278) (PDF - 557 KB),

SAMPLE PAGE (p.434) (PDF - 639 KB)

SAMPLE PAGE (p.445) (PDF - 627 KB)

Southeast region (p.ix) (PDF - 147 KB)