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Australian Carnivorous Plants – SOLD OUT

Greg Bourke & Richard Nunn



Pages: 180

Images: 180

Page Size: 320 x 248 mm

Cover: Hardcover

Cost: AU$50 plus postage


Australian Carnivorous Plants is a beautifully produced coffee table book with extensive colour photographs of all carnivorous plant genera found in Australia (Aldrovanda,ByblisCephalotusDroseraNepenthes and Utricularia). Incorporating 180 images of over 150 species taken over the past two decades by acclaimed wildlife photographers and carnivorous plant experts, Greg Bourke and Richard Nunn, this visually striking book is the first work dedicated to highlighting the beauty of Australian carnivorous plants in the wild through high quality photographs. 


The selection of breathtaking images featured in this lavishly illustrated work was carefully chosen to highlight the extraordinary diversity of carnivorous plants found in Australia, an assemblage that is greater than on all other continents on Earth. The spectacular images and detailed captions, written in accessible English, offer a uniquely informative portrait of some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most extraordinary and beautiful plants. It is a work that will fascinate amateur nature enthusiasts and specialist botanists alike.

This beautiful book includes a foreword by Allen Lowrie, a world authority on carnivorous plants; a short introductory chapter to the carnivorous plants of the world with a summary and complete listing of all carnivorous plant species found in Australia; chapters dedicated to each genus of Australian carnivorous plant with introductory descriptions; a chapter on conservation; and information relating to the photographic techniques used by the authors. Many of the taxa covered here have never been depicted in print before.

Particular highlights include:

 1. The first complete listing of all currently known carnivorous plants of Australia. 2. Many rare, little known and seldom photographed taxa, including Byblis aquaticaB. roridaDrosera brownianaD. bulbosa subsp. majorD. gibsoniiD. niveaD. oreopodionD. radicansD. zigzagia, Utricularia circumvolutaU. leptoryncha,U. paulineaeU. singeriana, and many more… 




Glistening Carnivores – the sticky-leaved insect-eating plants – SOLD OUT

Stewart McPherson


Pages: 392

Images: 279

Page Size: 153 x 226 mm

Cover: Hardcover

Cost: AU$80 plus postage

The seven genera of sticky-leaved insect-eating plants are uniquely beautiful and captivate the interest of all who behold them. Each produces shimmering leaves lined with glistening droplets of glue that attract, trap and kill insects and other small animals. Complimented by 279 spectacular images, this work examines all seven genera of sticky-leaved insect-eating plants (Byblis, Drosera, Drosophyllum, Ibicella, Pinguicula, Roridula and Triphyophyllum) and documents their wild ecology and natural diversity in full detail and in many cases, for the very first time.
The first chapter of Glistening Carnivores focuses on the research of Charles Darwin and the implications of his findings relating to the carnivorous plants of the world. The next chapter, entitled The Sticky-Leaved Insect-Eating Plants, identifies all of the known sticky-leaved insect-eating plants and discusses their classification. The following chapters entitled The Evolution of the Sticky-Leaved Insect-Eating Plantsand Mutualistic Arthropods respectively handle the evolution of the seven genera and the known relationships with arthropod partners involving these plants.

Each of the following seven chapters then individually focus on one genus of sticky-leaved insect-eating plants. Each genus is considered in terms of its taxonomy, botanical history, morphology and ecology. In the following chapter, entitled Habitat Loss and the Threat of Extinction, the book then moves to consider the conservational status and future outlook for these remarkable plants and examines their place in the 21st century in the context of changing landscapes across the world. The final chapter, entitled Cultivation and Horticulture considers the cultivation of the sticky-leaved insect-eating plants with recommendations of responsible and ethical nurseries where the reader may acquire responsibly and legally produced sticky-leaved insect-eating plants to grow and study at home.
Glistening Carnivores is the first and only study of the sticky-leaved insect-eating plants and represents an unparallel source of information on the subject. The strengths of this book undoubtedly include (1) its uniquely detailed content; (2) the 279 spectacular figures including breath taking images and useful distribution maps and (3) the very first published images of dozens of species of sticky-leaved insect-eating plants.

Glistening Carnivores is, uniquely detailed, focused, and visually beautiful. It is technically written yet is accessible to non-specialist audiences and will be a valued source of information for all interested in the sticky-leaved insect-eating plants and carnivorous plants in general!























Growing Carnivores – An Italian perspective

Pages: 135

Images: 164
Page Size: 181 x 245 mm
Cover: Hardcover

Cost: AU$36 postage included

Simply stated, this book is excellent! It provides rock-solid information, concisely, and in a lovely format. The photography is excellent, and perfectly compliments the text. Some growers, especially those who already have cultivation-focused books by D’Amato or Slack, may feel they have no reason to buy another. But this book offers a fresh perspective, one that is different from D’Amato (a Californian) or Slack (a Brit). Barry Rice (US)

A great new book, lots of excellent photos and useful cultivation advice. A must have for any cp grower’s library. Really refreshing to see cultivation from a national perspective, Italy in this case. I really enjoyed reading about growing plants in the Italian climate, which is particularly – but not only – useful for all growers in mediterranean climates. Expert advice from an expert horticulturist and field researcher. Stewart McPherson (AU)

This book is an excellent piece of work. Throughout its pages are good quality photos of very well grown plants. I particularly like the shots of the Cephalotus. The text itself is translated from Italian which gives the book a certain charm. You actually find yourself reading it with an Italian accent! The information is clear and concise and will be of great use to the novice and experienced grower, particularly those living in cooler climates. Greg Bourke (AU)

I found this book fun to read as well as informative for beginners and experienced alike. Being English speaking I found the conversion from Italian added to the “Italian Experience” and it is always interesting to hear of other growers’ successes. The pictures are clear and are relevant to the text. Having met Marcello in Sydney some years ago, I am pleased to say his book is a good read and one I am glad to have on my shelf. Jessica Biddlecombe (AU)

Treated genera: Dionaea, Darlingtonia, Nepenthes, Heliamphora, Utricularia, Cephalotus, Pinguicula, Drosera, Sarracenia, Byblis, Drosophyllum, Roridula, Ibicella, Triphyophyllum, Catopsis, Brocchinia, Genlisea and Aldrovanda.


Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume One and Volume Two – SOLD OUT

Stewart McPherson


Pages: 631

Images: 339

Page Size: 153 x 226 mm

Cover: Hardcover

Cost: AU$90 plus postage

Pitcher plants include the largest and most spectacular of all carnivorous plants. So-called because they produce highly specialised foliage that takes the form of hollow, water-filled “pitchers”, these extraordinary plants lure and prey upon arthropods and other small animals. The pitcher plants of the Old World also trap the largest prey of all carnivorous plants, including on rare occasions, vertebrates as large as frogs, mice and even rats. This two volume work examines both genera of Old World pitcher plants (Nepenthes and Cephalotus) and documents the ecology and natural diversity of every known species for the first time and in unparalleled detail… 

Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume Two comprises Nepenthes of the Philippines, Nepenthes of Sumatra and Java, Nepenthes of Sulawesi, Nepenthes of New Guinea and the Maluku Islands, Nepenthes of the Outlying Areas, Nepenthes Hybrids, Cephalotus follicularis, Habitat Loss and the Threat of Extinction and Cultivation and Horticulture, Appendix, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. 

This 1399 page work contains 751 spectacular images. 120 species of Nepenthes, plus 5 incompletely diagnosed taxa are recognised, along with Cephalotus follicularis. Several of the species documented in this work have been discovered only very recently and, in many cases, the photographs presented in this work are among the first to be published. Examples include N. argentii, N. attenboroughii, N. bellii, N. bokorensis, N. burkei, N. copelandii, N. danseri, N. deaniana, N. gracillima, N. kampotiana, N. klossii, N. kongkandana, N. mantalingajanensis, N. masoalensis, N. micramphora, N. mindanaoensis, N. mira, N. naga, N. paniculata, N. papuana, N. peltata, N. pilosa, N. pitopangii, N. surigaoensis, N. tenax, N. tenuis, N. tomoriana, N. sp. Trang, N. sp. Phanga Nga, N. sp. Sulawesi, N. sp. Misool and N. sp. Papua. A newly discovered taxon from the Philippines, Nepenthes micramphora V.Heinrich, S.McPherson, Gronemeyer & Amoroso, is formally described in the Appendix and introduced here for the first time. 

Pitcher Plants of the Old World is a focused study that provides a unique examination of this fascinating and very beautiful group of plants.
LIMITED EDITION – Only 1,400 first edition copies printed.