NZ Native Orchid Key smartphone app

A smartphone and tablet version of the interactive identification key to native orchids has been created.

This is now available for Android at and will soon be on the iTunes Store for iOS at

This free app covers many plant characters for identifying native orchids, including leaves, flowers, habitats, and distribution. It is a complete install so it can be used in the field without Internet access.

The online PC/Mac version has also been updated at

Key authors: Murray Dawson, Jeremy Rolfe, Kathleen Stewart, Jenny Dent, and Michael Pratt.

We thank members of the New Zealand Native Orchid Group ( and the NatureWatch NZ project ( for contributing images to this key.

The New Zealand TFBIS (Terrestrial & Freshwater Biodiversity Information System) Programme funded creation of this app.

Posted by murray_dawson murray_dawson, November 27, 2015 09:51


Great news Murray, can you please let us know when the iOS one is live?

Posted by parkecology almost 6 years ago (Flag)

Hi Tim - the iOS version was submitted to iTunes Friday afternoon, and I believe that it takes a day or two to go through their approval process. I thought of your previous comments to me when making the final cut of surplus images, trying to keep the key to a modest size, although there are still many pics covering the variation and tag names in the Nematoceras (Corybas) aggregates. Cheers, Murray

Posted by murray_dawson almost 6 years ago (Flag)
Posted by murray_dawson almost 6 years ago (Flag)

Thanks Murrray
Good job keping it under 100mb.
Cheers Tim

Posted by parkecology almost 6 years ago (Flag)

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