Flora of Victoria BOTA20004/BOTA90005


fov comb2Flora of Victoria is an intensive subject taught in February.  It is offered at both second year (BOTA20004) and postgrad level (BOTA90005; for Honours/Masters students). Undergrad and postgrad students attend most of the same classes, but have different assessment tasks.  The official handbook entries for the subject are here (undergrad) and here (Hons/Masters). The purpose of this page is to give additional information on structure and content. 

Flora of Victoria provides an introduction to the plant diversity on our doorstep. It is relevant for any students with an interest in Victorian ecosystems. Students come from a range of courses including the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Environments, Bachelor of Arts, Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture, Master of Science, Master of Environment, Master of Urban Horticulture, and Master of Architecture. The subject is also available on single subject basis through the University’s Community Access Program.

Lecture topics include:combFoV

  • major bioregions of Victoria and major vegetation types: from coast to mallee, wet forests and alpine zone
  • adaptations of plants to different environmental conditions: fire, low rainfall, low soil nutrients, salinity and cold
  • biotic interaction of plants and other organisms: competition, symbioses, pollination, seed dispersal
  • patterns of genetic variation within species
  • aspects of conservation biology


  • Focus on plant identification techniques, including important plant groups such as eucalypts and daisies.

Excursions (x2)

  • Anglesea area and Mt Macedon (day trips by bus from Parkville)
  • focus on seeing different vegetation types, identifying plants in the field, factors affecting distribution of vegetation, plant adaptations to different environments

Timetable and dates

  • Lectures and practicals are run at Parkville.  Most days there are two lectures in the morning and a practical in the afternoon.  The draft timetable for 2018 is available here, but some changes of lecture topics are possible. 
  • Classes in 2018 will run from Feb 5 to 15.  The exam will be on Thursday Feb 22.


  • An assignment (10%) completed on the Anglesea  excursion
  • A two hour examination (65%) covering content from lectures, practicals and excursions
  • An assignment (25%) due at the end of the first week of Semester 1 (a week after the exam).  Content of this assignment is different for undergraduate and postgraduate students.


  • The subject gets positive reviews in student feedback, with overall scores always >4 (out of 5) in surveys.
  • You can read a recent review here.


  • Subject coordinator: Mike Bayly [send email]