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Identification tips

Collecting material to identify

When collecting material in the field, following basic protocol will improve chances of making a correct identification. Often, identifications will be made some time after collection, from pressed material. Notes should be kept, including collection location (preferably latitude and longitude, to the nearest minute), plant habit (growth form), estimated height and flower colour (often lost on pressing). Additional notes, relating to any outstanding features, ecology (associations, soil type) etc. may also prove invaluable. Permits are required for plant collecting in Australia, see the ABRS website.


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