At the top of each page is a search field that provides you with a quick way to find a taxon by its name. With this field you can search by any epithet of the name you're interested in, along with the author, editor, vernacular name and species code fields. Additionally, you may search by the taxon's unique identifier. Any taxon name that matches the words you provide will be returned and you may use the asterisk (*) or percent (%) characters to avoid having to type long name parts.
For more specific searches where you can specify your query exactly, use Advanced Search. The search criteria are described below.
Make your query choice from the available selection.
Any single word in a long text field, e.g. the Soil Type field, can be a query term without pattern matching being required, e.g. typing red in this field would retrieve records containing red clay, or red sand.
Entering more than one word, e.g. red loam will retrieve all records containing these terms; e.g. shallow loam over red clay
These are allowed e.g., to query for all taxa growing around granite outcrops, type granite in the Soil Type field and select outcrops from habitat drop down box.
The text is case insensitive, e.g. typing proteaceae or PrOtEaCeAe in the Family field will both return any records with Proteaceae in the Family field of our database.
Parentheses are not able to be used in formulating queries and are ignored when formulating search criteria.
To find a contiguous string of words for which you want, enter the words with spaces. For example, enter red loam to retrieve all records containing the contiguous terms; e.g. red loam over laterite and red loamy sand, but not shallow loam over red clay or red sandy loam
To find all species with the root march, enter march* in the Species field. This will retrieve species names including marchantii and marchantiorum.
If you are unsure of the correct spelling for a textual query, e.g. laterite or lateritic, in the Soil Type field, enter the root followed by an asterisk, e.g. laterit* This will retrieve records for all the taxa with the words laterite or lateritic.
To match a word by the text at its end use the asterisk at the beginning of the value, e.g. to find all taxa published in 1811 enter *1811 in the Reference field.
If a query returns no matches, try to broaden your search criteria, or use different criteria that might achieve the same end result.
The following GIS layers are provided in Florabase, and up to 4 can be queried at once using the drop-down boxes provided.
Choose the name of a layer from the first drop-down box, and then one of the features it contains from the second drop-down box.
In the last drop-down box, choose either “All” or “Any”. Choosing “All” will return taxa known to occur in all of the regions you provided, while choosing “Any” will return taxa known to occur in at least one of the regions you provided.
There is additional help available on our maps.