Identifying eucalypts made easy

We’ve made identifying Australian eucalypts easy with a comprehensive reference guide and new information system covering all Australian eucalypts.

The Challenge

There are almost 900 eucalypt varieties

With 894 native varieties, the eucalypt (often referred to as the gum tree) is an essential part of Australia’s natural environment.

It is also important globally, as the most widely planted hardwood.

Close monitoring and research on this native tree is crucial for conservation efforts and Australia’s biodiversity.

Yet identification has always been time consuming and complex, partly due to the rigid decision-making process and a lack of instruction on botanical characteristics.

Our Response

Developing a quick reference guide

Using the Australian National Herbarium’s extensive database of 65,000 eucalypt specimens, we partnered with the Australian Government to come up with a simple, but comprehensive information catalogue of the eucalypt.

The guide called EUCLID helps anyone to understand and accurately identify a eucalypt with limited information.

Helping industry and researchers identify different eucalypts.

It covers morphology – habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, seeds and juveniles – geographic and ecological information, as well as illustrations of features that are difficult to describe such as leaf vein arrangements.

This information is complemented with more than 9,000 high quality colour images covering each species, illustrating all the main features of the plant, and a map showing natural distribution.

The Results

Setting the international benchmark

Regarded as an international benchmark, EUCLID is the definitive electronic reference guide for Australian eucalypts and is crucial for:

  • botanists and ecologists
  • foresters
  • land managers
  • conservationists
  • educators and students.

The tool has improved national cooperation to support conservation by enabling Landcare and environmental groups to develop regionally-specific management plans.

There have been three versions of EUCLID released since 1997, which have been credited with boosting awareness of eucalypt species in Australia and increasing the number of people contributing to the knowledge pool.


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