Pas­sion for flora fu­els in­spi­ra­tion for book

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A lo­cal botanist has writ­ten her first book on the unique flora of the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

Botanist Vicki Long re­leased the book, Along The Bur­rup, in early June.

It is an in­for­ma­tive, il­lus­trated book which de­scribes the dif­fer­ent habi­tats of the area and the plants and an­i­mals found there.

Long said she had long been pas­sion­ate about the Bur­rup, where she had worked since ar­riv­ing in the re­gion in 1986.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to do a book on the flora of the Bur­rup,” she said. “The Bur­rup is my pas­sion. “Ever since we’ve been here, (for) 30 years, I semi-live out there so I have al­ways wanted to do some­thing like this.

“And be­cause I’ve worked out there so long and I know the species very well and I had lots of pho­tos, it was then just a mat­ter of spend­ing lots and lots of week­ends writ­ing it and putting it all to­gether.”

Along The Bur­rup cov­ers about 100 of the 390 plant species of the penin­sula, with some in­put on its fauna from Ken Mul­vaney and Wayne Young.

Long said the book was in­tended to give Pil­bara res­i­dents and tourists an­other layer of in­sight into what made the Bur­rup spe­cial.

“It’s an awe­some place,” she said. “I have never seen land­scape like that any­where else in the world. The land­scape is truly unique.

“It’s got some very in­ter­est­ing mi­cro-niches, mi­cro-habi­tats, where you get dif­fer­ent plants ... and most of it is still fairly un­touched.”

Long said she would like to write more books on lo­cal flora in the fu­ture, es­pe­cially on the plants of the Kar­ratha Hills and Pil­bara off­shore is­lands.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Botanist Vicki Long with her new book, Along The Bur­rup.

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