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Plants and Fungi of south western New South Wales

This key is designed for anyone who has an interest in finding out about the plants of south western New South Wales. It includes about 1100 species, accompanied by over 3000 images. The key uses a limited number of easily seen characters using a minimum of technical terms to help with 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. The photos may then help you decide what your plant is.

In most cases, the use of a hand lens is not necessary for identification. Identification needing the use of even a low power microscope, or a detailed knowledge of technical terms is beyond the scope of the key. The character "ligules" (for grasses) is the only character in the key that requires a hand lens. A hand lens will also be helpful for other characters e.g. "spikelet length" for grasses with small seeds.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Dec 2, 2014 Views: 58
Key Author(s): Betty Wood Key Version: 1.0
Plant Families of Brazilian Savanna (Famílias de Plantas do Cerrado)

The Cerrado biome, the Brazilian savanna, is considered the richest savanna of the planet and has about 12.000 species of vascular plants, distributed in 1.500 genera, 170 families and 11 subfamilies. This key represents all the plant families and subfamilies (181) of angiosperms of the Cerrado and it aims to enable students, amateurs and professionals alike to identify the plant families of this beautiful savanna. Key characters for identification of each family are illustrated by photographs and each family is further illustrated by photographs of representative members of that family.

Website: http://chave-floracerrado.webs.com/

Direct link to (Java based edition) key: http://chaveinterativa.bio.br/Familias/AngiospermasCerrado.html

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 Views: 55
Key Author(s): Maria Rosa V. Zanatta; Marcelo Kuhlmann; Maria Raquel C. Cota; Ana Beatriz Peixoto & Carolyn E. B. Proença Key Version: 1.0
Fruits of Brazilian Savanna Attractive to Wildlife” (Frutos Atrativos do Cerrado)

The Cerrado biome is considered the richest savanna of the planet. It is the second biggest vegetation domain of Brazil, occupying 22% of its territory, and has about 12.000 species of vascular plants. From this, it is estimated about 4.000 species producing fruits attractive to wildlife, distributed in 300 genera. The correct identification of fruit species is important in studies of plant-animal interactions. The aim of this key is to represent the most common fruit species of all genera. This key is also a complement of the first volume of the book “Fruits and Seeds of Cerrado Attractive to Wildlife” (Frutos e Sementes do Cerrado Atrativos para Fauna) and, currently, has about one third of all genera of Cerrado fruits.

Key characters for identification process and each of the species are illustrated by photographs. For each species it is also presents a fact sheet with more information.

Website: http://frutosatrativosdocerrado.bio.br/

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 Views: 64
Key Author(s): Marcelo Kuhlmann Key Version: 1.0
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