Key to Tasmanian Dicots


This key is mainly the work of Greg Jordan and David Tng, School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania.  A teaching initiative by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of Tasmania supported the development of the first version of this key, with Ruth Osborne, Simon James, Anna McEldowney providing considerable assistance. Julia Dineen (Julia Dineen Graphic Design, Cremorne, Tasmania) designed the original layout.

Many others also contributed, including Sheldon Navie (Weed CRC, Queensland), Paddy Dalton and Robert Wiltshire (School of Plant Science), Matthew Baker and Marco Duretto (Tasmanian Herbarium) as well as numerous members of the public and undergraduates in Plant Science.

Keys, descriptions and other information are modified from various published works or web sites, notably:

Curtis WM, Morris DI (1963-1994). "The Student's Flora of Tasmania" Vols. 1-4b (Tasmanian Government Printer: Hobart.)

The Flora of Victoria (Inkata Press).

The Census of Tasmanian Vascular Plants (

The Flora of New South Wales (

The Flora of Australia (ABRS)

The Tasmanian threatened species site ( )

Menadue Y, Crowden RK (1989). Tasmanian species of Ranunculus - a new key. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. 123 87-96.

Unpublished keys to Tasmanian epacrids and Epacris species by Ron Crowden.

Thompson IR (2004). Taxonomic Studies of Australian Senecio (Asteraceae) 1. The disciform species. Muelleria 21, 101 ff.

Thompson IR (2005). Taxonomic Studies of Australian Senecio (Asteraceae) 5. The S. pinnatifolius/S. lautus complex. Muelleria 21, 23-76.


The Understorey Network website ( provides propagation and habitat information on a large number of Tasmanian native species.


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