Demonstration Identification Charts

Identification charts (pdf files) and matching recording forms (word files) are available for down loading. Choose the set with the appropriate level of expertise, student (primary and secondary school), standard and expert (botanist, entomologist, experienced consultant).

Note that there are two sets of charts for New Zealand flax, one with what can be found on live leaves and stems and which for use all year, and a second set with fungi and micro organisms that can be found on the dead leaves and stems and which should only be used in winter.

Cabbage tree, Cordyline australis. (2015)

New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax – live plants. (2015)

New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax – dead leaves and stems. (2015)

How Plant-SyNZ™ demonstration identification charts can be used

Demonstration charts are only available for two plant species, though it is hoped to add another one or two plant species in 2016. The demonstration charts are being made available in order to get feed back from users and so make improvements.

The plant species chosen are present in native habitats, parks, gardens and school grounds. The identification charts can be used to compare the fauna and fungi on plants in different habitats (e.g. school grounds and native plant reserve) different parts of the same place (e.g. school grounds) or different native plant reserves. They can also be used to compare what is found on the plants at different times of year. If there are extensive areas of the plants to be surveyed, it is a good idea examine several areas separately and intensively rather than trying to examine all the plants in one go.

For students, teachers may wish to print just the first page of the chart for the plant being surveyed and have a copy of the full chart so that they can answer any questions about other organisms that might be found.

Please send your feedback

Please send us your feedback with comments on what you like and ideas for improvements. Comments are particularly welcome on the layout and arrangement of the photographs, the selection of photographs for the level of expertise you have used, and the text under each photograph.

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