The portal offers different tools and functionalities to help you to identify plants. Use the illustrated, multi-access identification keys to identify specimens to family or species level. You can select characters in any order (unlike traditional identification keys). Browse for images and view them in a grid or an image gallery.
Use this interactive key to identify a plant to family level. Start with this key, If you have no idea what the plant you want to identify is. Select features of your plant from the list to start narrowing down the list of families that match these features. Learn more watching the video tutorial about the key player.
Once you have established what family the plant you want to identify belongs to, you can then search for other available keys that will help you identify your plant to genus or species level. Filter the search results by the key category to see a complete list of available keys. Learn more watching the video tutorial about the search.
Compare the plant you wish to identify with the images of taxa available. You can use the keyword and faceted search to narrow down your results. Selecting the grid view will display the images available as thumbnails. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image you can then click on the play button to view the images in a slide show. You can also click on the title of the image to navigate to the image page where you can view more detailed information about the image. Learn more watching the video tutorial about the search.
The taxa presented are organised according to a dynamic, consensus classification. This classification is based on the opinions of the taxonomic communities contributing to this portal and is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
Browse the classification in a tree view, you can expand and collapse the tree. You can also use this tree view to navigate to taxon pages. Clicking on the taxon name within the tree will take you to its taxon page.
Explore evolutionary relationships by browsing the phylogenetic trees. Switch between rectangular and circular phylograms.
Search across all taxon pages, images and keys using keywords including wildcards and fuzzy queries. Restrict results by taxonomic group, status, rank, geographical area, conservation status and other properties.
Perform aggregate queries across the whole database to identify the number of species in a particular family or found in a particular area, or to display the different life-form or habitat types of your chosen taxa.
Search across all taxon pages, images and keys using keywords including wildcards and fuzzy queries. Restrict results by taxonomic group, status, rank, geographical area, conservation status. habitat and life form. Learn more watching the video tutorial about the search.
Search for all taxa found in a given locality by drawing an area on a map. This can be used alongside the keyword and faceted search. Learn more watching the video tutorial about the spatial search.
Visualise the content using tables, bar charts and pie charts. Find out the proportion of taxa that match your selected criteria. For example you can find out the number of taxa in the Liliaceae family with descriptions or the number of taxa in each family for a particular geographical area. Learn more watching the video tutorial about this tool.