Rainforest Plants of Australia – Desktop App


Price: $30.00.

Released March 2024.

Available as a digital download. This Rainforest Plant of Australia app can be downloaded up to three times over a 12 month period from the date of purchase. It is only available to the purchaser’s devices and cannot be copied or distributed to other people.

Authors: Gwen Harden, Hugh Nicholson, Bill McDonald, Nan Nicholson, Terry Tame and John Williams



This app is based on the USB (2014) and the Mobile app (2016), Rainforest Plants of Australia, and the earlier Red and Green Books.  It covers 1,156 species, each keyed out in an interactive key and each with its own fact sheet. General introductory sections and information on rainforest and rainforest types. It includes c. 14,000 images and thousands of line drawings to assist in the recognition and identification of rainforest species that occur on mainland Australia, south of of Rockhampton.

This 2nd edition Rainforests Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria has been substantially revised and updated to include currently accepted names and distribution of rainforest trees, shrubs and climbing plants in this area. This revision documents 1156 taxa (an increase of 16 species) and includes over 70 name changes for species, as well as family name changes and many geographical distribution updates to reflect present knowledge.

It will enable everyone who is interested in conserving rainforests and learning more about rainforests and rainforest species, from professionals to those who are not familiar with the use of keys or botanical terminology. This app will enable you to have this powerful identification key and information system on your desktop computer and laptop.

The home screen contains the various headings and sections to start the key and access information.

Each species has a fact sheet that describes the diagnostic features of the leaves, flowers and fruit, its geographic distribution and whether the species is native or introduced and whether it is listed as rare or threatened in any of the states. Each fact sheet includes line drawings and images of general and detailed features used in the identification process.

  • Features used for identification in the key include leaf, flower, fruit, seed and bark features as well as geographic distribution, rainforest type and plant family
  • Covers mainland eastern Australia, south of Rockhampton through N.S.W. and Victoria
  • Coastal rainforest types to drier inland vine thickets
  • Keys out and describes 1156 species of trees, shrubs, mistletoes and climbing plants
  • Includes 1061 native species, of which 206 are listed as Rare and Threatened
  • Includes 106 species naturalized in rainforest, of which 33 are listed as ‘declared noxious weeds’
  • This interactive, illustrated key is powered by Lucid
  • Can be downloaded to more than one computer with the same email address

Detailed sections explain how the app works, and outlines the functions available. General sections include how to use the key, hints on identifying rainforest plants, index of scientific and common names (listed separately), detailed glossary, and information on rainforest and rainforest types.

Photos and screenshots: © Hugh Nicholson
Front screen photo:
Fitzalania bidwillii

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