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.
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.
Wattle: Acacias of Australia is currently being upgraded and will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.
Snake Id mobile app. This new app is almost ready for release and is undergoing final testing.
Tomato, capsicum, chilli and eggplant: A field guide for the identification of insect pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in Australia and Cambodia by the NSW Department of Primary industries, will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.
Insect orders Lucid mobile app has undergone an upgrade, adding additional information and fact sheets.
This key is designed for anyone who has an interest in finding out about the plants and fungi of South Western New South Wales. It now includes 1,100 species, accompanied by over 3,000 images.
This key covers 48 species of common insects that affect bamboo crops. This key is available in Mandarin and shows the multilingual capabilities of Lucid and the Lucid Mobile platform.
SPIKEY: An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia is an interactive identification tool covering all of the hummock grasses (the genus Triodia) colloquially known as ‘spinifex’ that occur in the Pilbara bioregion and adjacent areas of Western Australia. This key covers a total of 28 species and one hybrid, about one-quarter of the species in the genus Triodia, using 28 features. This is an important update; about half of the species treated are recently described, and are not covered by earlier synopses of Triodia. Triodia are the dominant plants and a major restoration target in arid zone hummock grasslands, an ecosystem covering 18% of Australia, and correct identification is critical to successful restoration and rehabilitation. This app is intended to be used by land managers, rehabilitation practitioners, botanical consultants, seed collectors, identification botanists and anyone curious about Triodia.
Authors: Matthew D. Barrett, Benjamin M. Anderson, Kevin R. Thiele
Mobile Apps available at:
Google Play Store and Apple iTunes