Hugh and Nan Nicholson have recently released their interactive identification key to Rainforest Plants of Australia-Rockhampton to Victoria. Nan said, For the first time people with little or no botanical knowledge will be able to work out the name of the plants they see around them.
The new key is an interactive computer-based program which comes on a USB. The key covers all 1139 species of rainforest trees, shrubs and climbing plants which grow in all rainforest types between the Tropic of Capricorn at Rockhampton and south to Bass Strait – including the drier rainforest types as far inland as Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland and Mt Kaputar in NSW. What makes this key so different is the photographs – an average of 10 photographs for each species.
It is more than just the key; the USB also contains comprehensive descriptions of the different rainforest types with maps of locations and photographs showing the forests at different locations.
Eventually there will be an app which will have the key and the photographs of each species but will lack the additional information such as the rainforest types.