Australian Tropical Rain Forest Plants
Trees, Shrubs and Vines
How to use
La Trobe University
Australian tropical rain forests
Main features of the Key
The key consists of a series of
that can be opened, moved and closed at will.
The characters available relate to habit, bark, leaf, fruit, seedling, flower, family and geographic area, via the pull-down menus.
Each character type has its own window, and as many character types (and therefore windows) as required may be open at any one time.
The character windows contain the features that are available for use in the identification. Identification proceeds with the user selecting features that can be seen on the specimen to be identified.
The features are selected by clicking on the appropriate line in the character window. At any time, it is possible to remove a selected feature, by again clicking on it.
A status bar at the bottom of the screen provides information on the current operation, and on the number of taxa remaining. A species window may be opened to list the taxa remaining.
Selecting any one of these taxa from the species window allows access to
on that species:
species description and additional diagnostic features
an on screen distribution map
an x-ray image of a leaf
photographs for most of the species
line drawings for some of the species
is available on all characters, with images where necessary.