Would you like help in identifying troublesome weeds – in your garden, on your farm, or in recreation or conservation areas?
Weeds of South-East Queensland and Northern NSW – an updated weed identification and information app – may be what you are looking for. This free app has recently been released on Google Play Store and Apple iTunes, through sponsorship from four South East Queensland councils.
The app includes over 700 weed species found in suburban, rural, environmental and agricultural situations. It is an invaluable resource for gardeners, Landcare and Bushcare volunteers, weed control officers, ecologists, researchers, students, and others interested in learning more about the weeds found in our region.
This latest version using the Lucid Mobile platform now includes:
- An interactive, easy to use Lucid identification key
- Best practice guide in using the key to identify weed species
- Fact sheets with in-depth descriptions of specific weeds
- Over 8,000 colour photographs of weeds and diagnostic features
- Information about plants suitable for replacing suburban weeds
- Details of Prohibited and Restricted weeds in Queensland
- A glossary of commonly used botanical terms
The latest version of the app has a much-reduced storage footprint, allowing images associated with the identification tool to be downloaded as required, with the option to download all the images to your device for use offline in the field or when using the app with poor network connectivity.
The following Queensland councils supported this update of the content and upgrade of the Lucid Mobile platform, enabling the app to be freely available:
- Brisbane City Council
- Sunshine Coast Council
- Gold Coast City Council
- Bundaberg Regional Council
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This is the latest version of a weed identification tool that was first released as a CD product over 12 yeas ago. It is the third update of the app and involves additional weed species and a number of new components in addition to the Lucid Mobile key, including a best practice guide to using the identification tool, details of Prohibited and Restricted weeds in Queensland, information about plants suitable for replacing weeds, and a reporting facility to be added in the next upgrade later in the year.
This update would not have been possible without our generous sponsors supporting this project. We would like to thank:
The much anticipated Wattle: Acacia of Australia mobile app is coming soon. Currently undergoing testing the app will contain the latest Acacia taxonomy and thousands of new photographs and maps. It will also sport the latest update to the Lucid mobile platform, allowing for dynamic downloading of media or if you are planning a field trip pre-loading of media. It also supports subsets, which further help to make identification as simple and straight forward as possible for non-experts.
More information on its release soon…
A decision support app for tomato and similar crops, developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industry and Asian collaborators for use in Australia and SE Asia. Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the app provides a “one-stop-shop” for advisors and growers. Android version available now: the iOS version available soon on iTunes.
** Key recently updated *** A key to the propagules or fruits of 102 biosecurity-relevant species of the daisy or sunflower family Asteraceae. It was produced by CSIRO scientist Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn at the Australian National Herbarium (CANB) in collaboration with and through funding from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
This key is specifically developed for the identification of species belonging to the genus Pennisetum available on the European market. The reason for developing this key is the large number of Pennisetum species and varieties available and the difficulty of distinguishing them from each other. Since August 2017 one Pennisetum species, Pennisetum setaceum, is on the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union list), which forms the core of Regulation (EU) 1143/2014. Pennisetum setaceum being on the Union list entails that sales, distribution and cultivation of this species is prohibited. Furthermore, this entails that the species shall not be brought into the territory of the European Union, and the species shall not be released into the environment (Regulation (EU) 1143/2014).
The key includes descriptions and photos of 10 Pennisetum species and 27 Pennisetum varieties. Seventeen features can be selected in random order to find the right species. The features are illustrated with line drawings to facilitate identification.
This new key is an interactive tool to help identify 78 species of troglobitic (cave dwelling or underground) invertebrates species that occur in Brazil.
A new Lucid v3.6 update is now available. It adds additional features and corrects several minor bugs. Changes include:
- Enhanced the Check Media dialog, fixed bugs relating to url media tests, and improved the output of the check process.
- Added auto generated UIDs to items, if existing items in the key are missing UIDs a new one is assigned on next key open.
- Fixed media import bug relating to URL paths being imported as File references.
- Report and skip broken references on media import, force import of broken media is optional.
- Update captions/copyright/comments from media list if they differ to existing media item.
- Several minor bug fixes and other interface tweaks.
- Force state gallery to display, even if all states in the feature do not have images attached.
- The state gallery will display text icon over image if the state has a text attachment, text icon can be used to open the attachment.
- Changing subsets no longer requires the key to be restarted.
- Message shown at top of tree panels to indicate if subsets are in use.
- Enhancements to matching and user interface update speed.
- Several bug fixes relating to matching and pruning.
- Fixed bug restarting key when opened in list view mode.
Click here to download the latest update
The Lucid team recently published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine that focuses on Citizen Science. The article describes the increasing use of the Lucid Mobile platform for producing “Nature apps” to help identify rainforest plants, fungi, reptiles and insects. You can purchase a hard copy of the Spring 2017 in which this article appears from the Wildlife Australia website (http://www.aws.org.au/magazine/) or a digital version from
The Lucid mobile platform has a range of additional features and functionality beyond identification, such as the reporting facility mentioned above. Working with The University of Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council a new mobile app will be developed. The koala population in South East Queensland is declining at an alarming rate due to various threats like diseases and trauma from car strikes or dog attacks.
The app will help monitor and save koalas by contributing valuable research data and conservation information through the KoalaSAFE project. The KoalaSAFE project will establish a centralised observations database for koalas in South East Queensland. The app will allow citizen scientists and wildlife monitoring staff to report and upload incidental and systematic sightings of koalas. Analysis of the sightings data will allow the identification of temporal and spatial trends of risks for disease, injuries and mortality and quantification of habitat use by koalas.