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Flora census

The 2014 Census of the Queensland Flora provides a published list of all the known native and naturalised species of plants, algae, fungi and lichens in the state.

Our flora now has 14,174 known native species across all groups. That’s nearly double the number listed in 1913 (7,781 species), and a further 98 species since the last census in 2013. More than 50 species new to science are discovered in Queensland each year.

Separate listings of the naturalised and doubtfully-naturalised flora are also presented for the use of weed officers. Species only present in cultivation are not included in any of the census lists.­­ A full data set of native and naturalised species is included for the first time.

The current list is generated from the Queensland Herbarium specimen label information database as of 1 September 2014. These records are primarily based on the Queensland Herbarium specimen collections representing 240 years of verified specimen data.

2014 data

This census data is available through the Open Data website and presented in spreadsheets for:

  • vascular plants—flowering plants, conifers, cycads, ferns and fern allies, including native and naturalised species
  • non-vascular plants—mosses, liverworts, hornworts
  • algae—green and red algae, brown algae and diatoms (Chromista)
  • bacteria—Cyanobacteria only, formerly called blue-green algae
  • fungi—including macrofungi and lichens
  • current and former naturalised species, and doubtfully-naturalised species.

More information on the classification of these groups is available in the census introduction (PDF, 725KB).  

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Last updated
19 November 2014

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