Passion for flora fuels inspiration for book
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.
Botanist Vicki Long with her new book, Along The Burrup.