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State of the Flora of Australia

State of the Flora of Australia

The Flora of Australia provides a synthesis of the nation’s native and naturalised vascular plant diversity. It started in 1981 as a hard-copy series of volumes but in November 2017 it went digital (, where information can be regularly maintained.

The Flora is a work in progress with ongoing additions and revisions, and to date it contains about 16,500 profiles. The online Flora platform has an interactive infrastructure where digital Flora treatments are managed as a collection of taxon profiles. Each profile contains descriptive text on a number of attributes such as plant morphological description, phenology, distribution and habitat, as well as including automatically linked data from other online Australian bioinformatics resources. Linked data include: classification and nomenclatural information from the National Species List (Australian Plant Name Index and the Australian Plant Census); diagnostic keys from KeyBase; distribution maps from the Australasian Virtual Herbarium; taxonomically verified images from the Australian Plant Image Index; and other biodiversity data from the ALA. The current Flora platform was developed in partnership between the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH), and the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), with input and support from taxonomic botanists in Australia and New Zealand. Phillip will address what has been done to date and where the Flora is heading.

Dr Phillip Kodela from the Australian Biological Resources Study presented his work in an online seminar on Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021. Watch again this seminar in the video below:


For more information about our seminars and future announcements, please contact Hervé Sauquet.