Key to willow species and hybrids present in New Zealand

Key to willow species and hybrids present in New Zealand

This key is illustrated with more than 2000 images of willow species and hybrids that are either wild or in cultivation in New Zealand, and the features that are used to identify them. Most illustrations are of willow clones grown in the national willow collection in Palmerston North maintained by Plant and Food NZ.

The key is designed for those with some experience in plant identification, and some features will need at least a strong hand lens (10x or better) to see features such as stamen filament hairs. It will be of use to bee-keepers, farmers with an interest in growing willows as bee food, and conservation estate managers who need to identify willows in the wild.

Writing of this key was funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund, Trees for Bees NZ, the Willow and Poplar Trust, Plant and Food NZ, and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research.

Authors: Glenny D, Jones T.

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Chikanda Orchid identification key

Chikanda Orchid identification key home screen

Chikanda is a local foodstuff from northern Zambia and surrounding countries. It is made from pounded groundnuts and the tubers of a number of orchid species. This identification app is targeted at non-botanists and involving the analysis of various features of the plant(s) and its habitat to help narrow down the choice of 63 species. As a result, it is not an exact key and will not necessarily narrow down the choices to the particular species but rather to a choice of a few of the most likely species.

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Plants of South Eastern New South Wales – App and website

Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

A sister key to Plants and Fungi of South Western New South Wales (https://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/scotia/

This key is designed for anyone who has an interest in finding out about the plants of south eastern New South Wales. It includes about 2,900 species of plants accompanied by about 10,000 images. It includes Eucalypts, but not ferns, orchids, grasses, or most sedges or rushes. There are about 3,900 relevant species in the area covered by this key.

The key mostly uses easily seen characters and a minimum of technical terms to help with the identification of plants. It is not designed to key out to a single species, though sometimes it does. It is designed to narrow down the possibilities of what the plant might be to a limited number of species. Images may then help you decide what your plant is.

In most cases, the use of a hand lens or a low power microscope is not necessary for identification, except when counting the number of flowers/florets in a flower head, and deciding whether hairs on stems are stellate (multiple hairs arising from a point, looking like a star), branched, or simple. Identification needing the use of a high power microscope is beyond the scope of the key.

Plants of South Eastern New South Wales Lucid Key Server edition Plants of South Eastern New South Wales Android Edition Plants of South Eastern New South Wales iOS Edition

Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern – updated

Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern

An update of this interactive lucid key that assists in recognising families of targeted Lepidoptera of biosecurity concern using morphological characters of the adult.

Many existing keys to adult Lepidoptera lack good illustrations of the important characters and this key provides high quality photographs of all the characters used. Easily identifiable features that are visible on set specimens using a stereomicroscope have been chosen in an attempt to avoid where possible, the type of characters requiring manipulation or dissection of the specimen for example, wing venation, apodemes and genitalia.

Authors: Anderson SJ, Luo YY & Bellis GA (2017). Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity Concern. Interactive Lucid Key. Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The mobile application is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.

Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern Lucid Key Server edition Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern Android Edition Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern iOS Edition

Insect Orders – Revised Edition

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A key to Insect Orders, originally developed at The University of Queensland, has recently been revised by Prof Steve Marshall (University of Guelph, Ontario) and now deployed as an app on the latest, upgraded Lucid Mobile platform. It is available as an Android and iOS version for $ 1.99 from Google and iTunes.

The mobile application is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.


Insect Orders Android Edition Insect Orders iOS Edition

Lucid keys and apps coming soon

  • Sheep Parasites by the University of Melbourne. Undergoing testing – expected release early 2019.(Lucid Mobile)
  • Edible wild orchids of Zambia by KEW Gardens. (Lucid Mobile)
  • Wilding conifer of New Zealand, Landcare Research, New Zealand. (Lucid Mobile)
  • Adult Frogs and tadpoles, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil. (Lucid Mobile)

More information will be available on these key once released.

Spider mite species of Australia (including key exotic southeast Asian pest species)

This interactive Lucid key provides diagnostics for all the species of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) previously recorded in Australia, based mostly on literature records. Several species collected in Australia, but not yet recorded in the literature, are also included (manuscript in prep). In addition, a few select exotic species from south east Asia of concern to Australia’s biosecurity have also been included.

Author: Jennifer J Beard, Queensland Museum (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/)

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