28 April 2018 – Launch of guide to local wattles

The Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests have invited members, friends and supporters of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club to the launch of their new book – Wattles of the Mount Alexander Region – on Saturday 28th April.  They have provided the following information about the book and the event:

Acacia, known in Australia as wattle, is the largest genus of plants in the country — nearly 1000 species! Its brilliant flowers transform winter and spring landscapes. Our sporting teams wear its green and gold colours. Sprigs of wattle flowers adorn our patriotic events. The Golden Wattle is our national floral emblem …

But how many wattle species can the average citizen name and recognise?

A new 112 page guide, Wattles of the Mount Alexander Region, helps the beginner to make a start. In plain language, and generously illustrated, it presents twenty one species which flourish in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria. And a general introduction explains different features of wattles, helping in identification and appreciation of these tenacious and beautiful plants.

The book is published by Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests in association with Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club and Connecting Country. The authors are Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver.

George Broadway, President, Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club, will launch the book in the Phee Broadway Theatre Foyer, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine, on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 11 am.

Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale. Stoneman’s Bookroom will be stocking it or you can order it through the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests website (fobif.org). Cost is $10.

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