Bruce Auld launches a great travel companion

BIG HELP: Borenore author Bruce Auld with his new book. He believes it will be a great asset to help recognise flora like this colourful firethorn bush while travelling on the roads in Australia.   Photo: STEVE GOSCH  0704sgbruce1
BIG HELP: Borenore author Bruce Auld with his new book. He believes it will be a great asset to help recognise flora like this colourful firethorn bush while travelling on the roads in Australia. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0704sgbruce1
TRAVEL COMPANION: Borenore author Bruce Auld with his new book A Traveller's Flora which he said will be a great travel companion, he is pictured with a colourful firethorn bush. photo: STEVE GOSCH 0704sgbruce2

TRAVEL COMPANION: Borenore author Bruce Auld with his new book A Traveller's Flora which he said will be a great travel companion, he is pictured with a colourful firethorn bush. photo: STEVE GOSCH 0704sgbruce2

BERRY BEAUTIFUL: The colourful firethorn bush is just one of the plants, crops, trees and weeds to be featured in Bruce Auld's new book. Photo: STEVE GOSCH3

BERRY BEAUTIFUL: The colourful firethorn bush is just one of the plants, crops, trees and weeds to be featured in Bruce Auld's new book. Photo: STEVE GOSCH3

IF you are about to head on a road trip in south-eastern Australia then Borenore man Bruce Auld's latest book could be for you.

Mr Auld is an agricultural scientist and said his book A Traveller's Flora: A guide to familiar plants, along roadsides, in fields and forgotten places will be the perfect travel companion.

The book describes many of the plants you can spot on a road trip through this part of Australia.

Written in everyday English with accompanying photos, Mr Auld said it is "a book for every glovebox".

"It's meant for everyone...plants have an intrinsic interest just like birds," he said.

"Every family should have one [and] anyone that travels from Brisbane to Adelaide."

The book's 180 pages detail native and introduced species, trees and crops that are easily spotted from the roadside.

Mr Auld has long had an interest in plant sciences and said the book evolved out of numerous family trips in south-eastern Australia.

Due to his knowledge of plants Mr Auld said his family would often ask about plants they saw and this is what inspired the book.

Along with names and photos, the book contains a quick plant finder and explains how plants are classified and how they grow.

It has been a while between books for Mr Auld, who's first book Weeds was published over 25 years ago with colleague Dick Medd.

"At the time I did it I thought there's all these other plants that people are driving past," he said.

A Traveller's Flora can be purchased at Collins Booksellers and Boomers Bookshop in Orange.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au