Plants of Outback South Australia

A new, revised edition of the well-known

Field Guide to the Plants of Outback South Australia

by F. Kutsche, B. Lay, T. Croft & J. Kellermann

is now available.


This is a collaboration between the State Herbarium of South Australia (Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Adelaide) and the Pastoral Unit (Department for Environment and Water).


Retail price: $44 (incl. GST).

The book will be available for purchase from the OPENBOOK HOWDEN online bookshop by the end of June 2023.

The price for a whole box (24 copies) will be discounted at $1008 (incl. GST), i.e. $42 per copy. You can choose buying a box through the drop-down menu.

If you are a shop or retail outlet, please register your interest for more information on wholesale pricing by emailing:


This comprehensive field guide draws together the knowledge of the more common plants within the outback region of South Australia (the area north of a line from the Murray River to Morgan, across to Pt Augusta and westwards to the W.A. border). It has been designed with all interest groups in mind by using non-technical terms. The guide is supplemented with a description of landforms and habitats, a glossary and comprehensive index.

356 of the most common outback plants are described and illustrated (incl. 24 introduced weeds). 212 of these plants are featured with full page descriptions. Distribution maps are provided. All species are arranged by their life form (trees, shrubs, forbs, grasses, climbers, etc.) for easier identification.

The second edition has been completely reformatted and newly type-set, all plants names have been updated and 10 more species were added to the book. Binding is section-sown and the book has a vinyl outer cover for protection against the environment.


Published announcements and reviews of the book:


List of retail outlets where the book will be available for purchase in person:

  • Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Reception, Hackney Road, Adelaide
  • Diggers Garden Shop, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
  • State Flora Nursery, Belair National Park
  • Meg’s Bookshop, Port Pirie
  • Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Port Augusta
  • Hawker Motors, Hawker
  • Wilpena Pound Resort
  • Leigh Creek Post Office Shop
  • Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Coward Springs Campground (Oodnadatta Track)
  • Yunta Telecentre & Post Office
  • Ceduna Visitor Centre, Ceduna
  • Red Kangaroo Books, Alice Springs.

(This list will be periodically updated.)