Mallee Country: Land, people, history by Richard Broome et al.

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December 2019, no. 417
Lilian Pearce reviews 'Mallee Country: Land, people, history' by Richard Broome et al.

Mallee Country: Land, people, history

by Richard Broome et al.

Monash University Publishing, $39.95 pb, 429 pp, 9781925523126

Mallee Country: Land, people, history by Richard Broome et al.

Reviewed by
December 2019, no. 417

Mallees contradict the green pompom-on-a-stick notion of treeness. The word ‘mallee’ stems from the Wemba Wemba word ‘mali’ for a form of eucalyptus tree; one with a shrubby habit with a multi-stemmed trunk branching out from a lignotuber (a woody life-support system at or below the ground). Highly adapted to challenging environments, more than 400 species of the genus Eucalyptus are considered mallee. The diverse and unique ecosystems that they define evolved within the bewildering contexts of aridity, salinity, heat and wind exposure, and soils devoid of nutrients.

Lilian Pearce reviews 'Mallee Country: Land, people, history' by Richard Broome et al.

Mallee Country: Land, people, history

by Richard Broome et al.

Monash University Publishing, $39.95 pb, 429 pp, 9781925523126

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