Using the Keys

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The keys are very easy to use. This short guide will show you their use using the example specimen Blackwood (Sally Wattle or Acacia Melanoxylon)

Sample Black wood Leaf:

The first page has 5 groups, group A,B,C,D and E. The first step is to see which group the leaf or leaves fit into.

It is not in Group A because the leaves are not divided into leaflets, that is, they are what are called simple.

It is not in Group B Because the leaves don't come off the stem in Whorls or close spirals

It is not in Group C because there are no spines

It is Group D because the leaves come off the stem one at a time at different levels, that is, they are Alternate.

Now click on "Group D" and you will be taken to a page that looks like this:

Next scroll through the notes and look at the green underline headings. eg "Does it have 3 strong veins reaching the tip of the leaf?" Yes.

Now look at the trees listed in D1. You will find a desciption of the tree and a small line drawing that matches your specimen!

Now you have it! Blackwood or Acacia melanoxylon

To see the full plant article, click on the plant name and the full article will be opened.

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