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

Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is required to run this key. You can download the most up-to-date version at

This key will not currently run using the Chrome browser. Use an alternative web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. App versions are available for a few of these keys to run on smartphones and tablets.


Stewart, E. 2009. Native plants of schools and marae in New Zealand.
Accessed at
Date of access: 27 Apr 2018