Search Tips for the Colonial Plants Database
Broadening your search
If you are having trouble finding a plant consider broadening your search parameters. For example only enter the genus name 'eucalyptus' if you are searching for eucalypts. Or enter a common plant name. The database will search across three possible kinds of names and return matches to any one of these:
plant name as it appears in the particular plant list,
Since the plant lists covered in the database were prepared in the 19th century, many plant names have been refined or reclassified by botanists. If you are still having trouble finding a plant name you may want to refer to a standard gardening reference work such as
Botanica: the illustrated A-Z of over 10,000 garden plants for Australian gardens and how to cultivate them (1997)
the current Latin botanical name where it is known and,
the common plant name where it is known.
There are some anomalies in relation to the Latin spelling of a number of plant names.
For example the Thomas Shepherd Catalogue of Plants 1851 lists Euonymus europaeus (ending 'aeus'), whereas the same plant
appears in the Catalogue of Plants Cultivated at Camden 1843 as Euonymus europeus (ending 'eus').
The same difficulty occurs with 'ii' or 'i' endings e.g. Cooperii and Cooperi.
For that reason you should truncate your searches for plant names, particularly names with the following endings:
-eus or -aeus,
This would mean only entering part of the name, such as 'Euonymus europ' or
'Euony' only. The effect is to broaden your search parameters and capture both
-i or -ii,
-us or -os.