EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia – Fourth edition released

Media Release

Eucalypts are the dominant trees in Australia. Consequently, they play significant roles in the landscape, in the ecology of our land, in forestry, in apiculture and in horticulture.

“EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia” – The foremost eucalypt identification and botanical guide has reached a new milestone in time for National Eucalypt day (23rd March) with the release of the fourth edition. This tool makes Australia’s most significant group of plants, the eucalypts, available to all from the enthusiastic amateur to the practical users and to the professional scientists.

EUCLID provides complete descriptions of 934 species of Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus plus an interactive identification key using LucidTM software. It covers all Australian States and Territories. Over twelve thousand images are used to assist interpretation of species features and the species themselves as well as their geographic distribution.

This innovative application makes identification a breeze. The process begins by choosing from simple characteristics of the eucalypt you are trying to identify. For example, answer questions such does it have rough or smooth bark, leaf shapes and flower types. If you’re not sure what to look at next the Lucid application can even recommend features to guide you through to the fastest identification possible. EUCLID is a treasure-trove of information. The application brings together beautifully illustrated features to help visualise your choices as well as fact sheets and images of every species – all at your fingertips.

The previous edition was published in 2006. The fourth edition of EUCLID uses taxonomy up to date to June 2019.

It is available free online. The Android and Apple App editions of EUCLID can be downloaded from the Google Play and iTunes app stores respectively on payment of $19.95 to help fund further content updates and software upgrades.

The App edition of EUCLID optionally requires no Internet connection, making it especially valuable for people working in the field.

EUCLID has been continually supported since 1995 by the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (a joint venture between the Director of National Parks and CSIRO). The Australian Biological Resources Study has provided financial support for the publication of this edition.

The expert identification software (web application and mobile applications) used by EUCLID, called LucidTM, is developed and supported by Identic Pty Ltd an Australian company based in Brisbane.

Media note: For interviews contact: Anthony Whalen (Director, Biodiversity Science, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment).  m: 0411 512 248. e: Anthony.Whalen@awe.gov.au