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Plants Database

About this database

This database contains only a small proportion of the wonderful diversity of plant species found in the Central Qld Coast Bioregion. It will allow simple searches of key features to assist in identifying plants. However, it is not intended to identify every plant someone might have on their property; just assist in identifying the more commonly occurring, obvious or iconic species. True 'keys' to identify individual plants from thousands of potential species are detailed and complicated and require significant botanical knowledge on the part of the user. This is not a plant 'key'. To assist, where possible, a number of photos showing identifying characteristics of the plant are included. In addition to allowing identification of some species, this database also offers some information for your interest such as if a plant is toxic or useful in revegetation.

The species in this database have been entered by staff and volunteers of Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group and Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association. More species will be added over time.

HOW TO USE THIS PLANT DATABASE

Observe your plant closely, taking note of its form, leaves, bark, flowers and fruits (if any); break a leaf off and see if there is milky sap; take note of where it is in the environment e.g. Woodland. You can break off part of the plant to bring in front of you computer if you wish; just make sure you have a section with leaves attached. Once you have done this, there are a series of questions to complete.

If you think you know what your plant is from the start, simply scroll down the alphabetical list of either common name or scientific name, select and read the description and check the pictures.

Otherwise, select from as many of the options as you feel comfortable. If in doubt, leave it out; the database will merely show a greater number of species in its search result. You can then search through the selected species quickly using the pictures and reading the description.

Several plant types have been dealt with separately for Form/Habit as they have specific or more difficult distinguishing features. There may also only be a relatively small number of species within our region. If you believe your plant is one of these, you can just select that form and leave out the rest; the database will show you all of that broad kind of plant. Identify your plant by looking at the photos and the descriptions. These plant types are:

  • Eucalypts: as leaves and flowers may not be entirely helpful with their identification. Identification of Eucalypts relies more on bark features, flower bud caps and fruit capsules.
  • Acacias: as they have different distinguishing features such as phyllodes ('leaf') and pods.
  • Mistletoes
  • Ferns
  • Palms/palm-like plants
  • Succulents
  • Sedges have been included in "Grasses and Grass-like Plants" due to their superficial resemblance.

Flowers or fruits are very useful in helping identify a plant, but may not always be available as many plants only do so at certain times of the year. Also, it may be difficult to differentiate between flower, fruit or discoloured leaves high in a tree canopy, or the colour you see may even be that of a vine, not the tree itself. If there are no flowers or fruit descernible just skip this part of the search.

Remember, if in doubt, leave it out.

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We are currently building our database. Please select just one or two fields to limit your search and give you a greater chance of finding results.    

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This plant is a weed

Herb
herb
Shrub or small tree
shrub
Grass/ grass-like plant
grass
Tree
tree
Aquatic
aquatic
Climbing/ twining plant
climber
Succulent
succulent
Fern
fern
Palm/ palm like plant
palm
Acacia / wattle  
palm
Mistletoe  
eucalypt
Eucalypt/ gum tree
eucalypt
Appears leafless  
leafless
Unsure  
Simplesimple Compound
compound
Unsure
Alternatealternate Oppositeopposite Whorledwhorled Basalbasal Unsure
Present Absent Unsure
White cream green or yellow
Orange or red
Pink purple or blue
Mixed
Unsure
(when ripe)
White cream green or yellow
Orange or red
Pink purple or blue
Black or brown
Grey
Other
(when ripe)
Fleshy Dry
Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest
Vine thicket
Woodland/ open forest
Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest
Beach strand/ coastal dune
Rainforest
Grassland
Mangroves
Wetland
Saltmarsh

This database contains only a small proportion of the wonderful diversity of plant species found in the Central Qld Coast Bioregion. It will allow simple searches of key features to assist in identifying plants. However, it is not intended to identify every plant someone might have on their property; just assist in identifying the more commonly occurring, obvious or iconic species. True 'keys' to identify individual plants from thousands of potential species are detailed and complicated and require significant botanical knowledge on the part of the user. This is not a plant 'key'. To assist, where possible, a number of photos showing identifying characteristics of the plant are included. In addition to allowing identification of some species, this database also offers some information for your interest such as if a plant is toxic or useful in revegetation.

The species in this database have been entered by staff and volunteers of Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group and Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association. More species will be added over time.

 
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