Record Your Plant Observations
You can now record all your observations of native and exotic plants using the Network website. Previously it was only possible to record phenology observations but now you can record any observation of any plant to add to the flora mapping system that was launched a few weeks ago.
First log in using your username and password (or register as a recorder if you are not already a Network member). Then search for the species using the Network Flora search and click on the “Record observation” link in the Resources box on the right hand side. Then fill in the observation form by choosing a site name, selecting the location using the map and recording an approximate abundance.
Of most interest are records of threatened plant populations, species that appear to be outside of their natural range and exotic plant populations that occur in, or near, nature reserves, scenic reserves or parks. If you are in any doubt of the identity of a species you want to record, please check with another Network member or botanist or post a photo of the plant to the Network forum.
This information will increase understanding of plant distribution and abundance in New Zealand and will form the basis of future plant conservation strategies. It will also help those involved in ecological restoration work by providing information about potential seed sources. Please ask if you have any queries about the flora mapping system or recording your observations (E: email@example.com).