Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Key to native plants of schools & marae in New Zealand

This Lucid 3 key is for the identification of New Zealand native plants commonly found in school grounds and marae.

E Stewart

The key was developed for simple identification of these plants by students.

Plants include trees, shrubs, ferns, tufted plants, grasses and flaxes chosen from the Canterbury region, but also common to schools and marae throughout New Zealand. Fact sheets include images, botanical descriptions, links to scientific papers and websites, and a section on similar or related species. Additionally, there is information on general Māori and medicinal uses for most of these native plants.

A New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship supported this project.


System Requirements

This key will run on most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge.

Although this key is not optimised for portable devices, it displays OK on tablets.

Dedicated smartphone apps are available for two of the keys on these webpages (Coprosma and Native orchids).


Stewart, E. 2009. Native plants of schools and marae in New Zealand.
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Date of access: 14 Jul 2024