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Australian Plant Name Index - APNI

Maintained by the Australian National Botanic Gardens as part of its larger IBIS database, in collaboration with the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research and the Australian Biological Resources Study.


 

Dr Nancy BurbidgeHistory of APNI

books: Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) The Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) was the inspiration of one of Australia's most prominent botanists, Dr Nancy Burbidge. It was compiled over a period of 15 years from literature in herbaria and botanical libraries around the world, and published in 1991 as a 4-volume set of 3,055 pages, treating over 60,000 names. Originally compiled by Mr Arthur Chapman of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), the underlying database of APNI was transferred to the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in 1991 as its foundation dataset, and as a public-good Internet resource.

Following the formation of the collaborative Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, (now CANBR) in 1993, APNI was adopted as the standard dataset for plant names for the Australian National Herbarium, and as a key resource for the Flora of Australia program of ABRS.

Dr Burbidge (left), the published APNI volumes (right)

 

List of all Australian plant names

Be careful - these link to very large files

Search engines will not find plant names hidden in a database. To overcome this problem the links below are to full lists, by alphabet, of all the names known to have been used for Australian plants up until 2003, it is linked here mainly for search engines. It is NOT a checklist of the Australian flora - many of the names are synonyms, no longer valid, making a total list of over 65,000 names for a flora estimated at about 20,000 species.

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Total plant name list for Australia (7,203 KB)


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