Plants of SE New South Wales

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Area covered by the key

The northern boundary is at 33.4° S, i.e. from Gosford and Bathurst to about 100 km west of Forbes. The western boundary is at 146.9° E, from about 100 km west of Forbes to Albury. The southern boundary is the NSW/Victorian border.

Plant Distributions

Plant distributions are derived from the maps generated for individual species in Spatial Portal, Atlas of Living Australia and from personal observation, and occasionally from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage Bionet Atlas

Records dated before 1 January 1976 have been disregarded. Distributions are given only for within the area covered by this key.

Coastal records are from east of the escarpment west of Sydney and east of the hills inland from the Princes Highway. Records in the ranges are from the escarpment west of Sydney and the hills west of the Princes Highway to the western edges of the large national parks running south from the Blue Mountains to the Victorian border. Records on the tablelands are from west of the large national parks in the ranges to north and south of the ACT. Records on the Western Slopes are west and north of the ACT.

Plant Names

Plant names are those of the Australian Plant Census as at May 2018. In cases where the Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria has not yet made a determination, plant names published in and/or are used.

Photos used in the key

Most photos have been sourced from the Internet. Some were taken during the fieldwork for the books Flowers of the South Coast and Ranges of New South Wales (3 volumes) and Flowers of the ACT and Region. For some species recorded in this area, no photographs are available, or photographs are only available by linking to another site on the Internet.

About the author

Betty Wood, by training a pharmacologist, developed an interest in wildflowers and their identification many years ago when she first settled in Canberra. Her mother-in-law, an English botanist, helped her to learn to use botanical keys to identify Australian plants. She is co-author (with her husband Don) of Flowers of the South Coast & Ranges of New South Wales in three volumes, Flowers of the ACT & Region, and sole author of Simple Guide to Eucalypts and Similar Trees of the South coast and Ranges of NSW (Including the Illawarra and Southern Highlands) and the Lucid key and app Plants and Fungi of South Western New South Wales.


Rosemary Purdie for advice on plant descriptions and nomenclature, and notes on plant descriptions published on Canberra Nature Map.

Advice on plant descriptions: Brendan Lepschi and other experts at the Australian National Herbarium, Canberra; Louisa Murray of the National Herbarium of NSW, Sydney; and Neville Walsh of the National Herbarium of Victoria, Melbourne.

Software used

Lucid v3.6 was used to construct and manage the identification key.

Fact Sheet Fusion v2.05.125 was used to manage the images and data and create fact sheets for both the web and mobile application.

The Plants of South East NSW app was created via the Lucid Mobile Platform.

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With about 3,000 manually entered species, there are sure to be mistakes in this key.

Please advise me of such, or give me suggestions about how the key could be improved. Photos that users send me to fill in the gaps would be greatly appreciated. My email address is

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Updated on
Dec 7, 2023

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What's new

Updated to include an index of common names