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Australian Plant Name Index

The Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) provides detailed information on scientific names but DOES NOT recommend any particular taxonomy or nomenclature. For a listing of currently accepted scientific names for the Australian vascular flora, see the Australian Plant Census (APC).

APNI search


( %=wildcard   eg.   %gibbsiae%   or   Leptospermum s%)













Exclude cultivars

Uncheck to include published cultivar names


Only cultivars

Check to list only published cultivar names

Include genus name in TAXON above


Robyn%  or  %Gordon  or   %Pink%



Only required for access to
Australian National Herbarium (CANB)
specimen data


APNI input options

TAXON NAME – searches can be conducted for names at the rank of genus or below. Use the % symbol as a wildcard.

    e.g. Grevillea robusta   Grevillea ro%   Grevillea ro% ro%   Grevillea   Grev%

AUTHOR ABBREVIATION – the standard abbreviation for the author as listed in the International Plant Names Index (IPNI) database, e.g. “F.Muell.” for Ferdinand von Mueller or “L.” for Linnaeus.

FAMILY – the family to which the plant belongs, following the system used at the Australian National Herbarium. Searches can be made on family alone, but be aware that very large outputs could be generated.

PUBLICATION – the title of the work in which the plant name was published.

YEAR OF PUBLICATION – the year in which the work containing the plant name was published.

Exclude cultivars – the default setting is for cultivars not to display in search results. Uncheck this box if you want cultivar names to display.

Only cultivars – check this box if you want only details of cultivar names to display.

CULTIVAR NAME – Insert the full cultivar epithet or elements of it within % symbols. You can search on the cultivar name alone, or include a genus in the TAXON NAME field above to restrict your search to a genus.

    e.g. %Pink% will find all cultivars in any genus with 'Pink' in their name.

USER NAME, PASSWORD – allows access to detailed records of specimens in the Australian National Herbarium (CANB) collection. These records are only available to registered users of the ANHSIR database

APNI output

APC Comment: – commentary arising from the Australian Plant Census (APC) project consideration of this name.

APC Dist.: – distribution within Australia and its external territories according to the Australian Plant Census (APC).

Map CANB collections – Australia-wide distribution map of a taxon based only on collections held in the Australian National Herbarium (CANB). For records from all Australian herbaria, consult Australia’s Virtual Herbarium.

– links to images represented in the Australian Plant Image Index (APII), where these are available.

Numbers shown at the bottom left of the output results are unique identifiers for each taxon entry in APNI.