The information in the Flora of Australia Online website was first published in the Flora of Australia series, produced by the Australian Biological Resources Study and co-published with CSIRO Publishing (previously with the Australian Government Publishing Service). Since then, additional names from the Australian Plant Census have been added, along with comments. This means the Flora of Australia Online data may no longer match exactly the information in the published books.
The Flora of Australia aims to provide a uniform description of the plants of Australia, with identification keys, illustrations of most genera and many species and distribution maps of all taxa.
There are three separate sets of data for the Flora of Australia and each is accessed by a separate search interface. These are:
- Flora of Australia Online
- Flora of Australia Online: Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands
- Flora of Australia Online: Oceanic Islands excluding Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands
Flora of Australia Online data covers the six Australian States, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and immediate offshore islands. The data, when complete, will derive from Flora of Australia Volumes 2 to 48 and 51 onwards.
Flora of Australia Online (Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands) covers associated islets of the Admiralty Group, Balls Pyramid, Blackburn (Rabbit) Island, Lord Howe Island, Mutton Bird Island, Nepean Island, Norfolk Island and Philip Island. The information was originally published in Flora of Australia Volume 49.
Flora of Australia Online (Oceanic Islands excluding Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands) above covers Ashmore Reef, Cartier Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands Territory, Heard Island, Macquarie Island and McDonald Island. The information was originally published in Flora of Australia Volume 50.
The Flora of Australia Online treatments will include the following information:
- author and year of publication of names
- bibliography for family treatments
- chromosome numbers where available
- citation of selected herbarium specimens
- collection information
- common names where available
- conservation status if formally published and where available
- diagnostic descriptions
- distribution maps for taxa
- distribution statements
- doubtful or misapplied names
- flowering and fruiting times (flowering plants only)
- identification keys
- line art and photographs
- notes of interest
- reference to further published illustrations for taxa
- reference to place of original publication of accepted names and synonyms
- type information
- valid names from family through to infra-specific rank
Flora of Australia Online is a collaborative project and all contributions will be acknowledged. ABRS asks that those using information from this site acknowledge its source. All artwork is copyright to the Commonwealth of Australia, institutions or to individuals, please do not reproduce any images without contacting ABRS. While every effort will be made to ensure that all information in Flora of Australia Online is accurate, no warranty to that effect is given or implied. Views expressed in Flora of Australia Online do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government.
Information on citing Flora of Australia Online is given in the how to cite ABRS Online Resources page.
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