Using the filter

The filter function allows you to focus your search by narrowing down the list of possible taxa. It does this by accessing a smaller list selected by the user.

  1. On the homepage, click on filter. A text box appears entitled ‘Select filter’. A single click within this box will bring up all the available taxa lists, including those for all of Australia’s 89 IBRA bioregions (IBRA = Interim Biogeographic Regions of Australia. More information on the IBRA regions is here).
  2. Select a collection within which you wish to search for your target taxon, for example, IBRA Ben Lomond – Flora.
  3. Press ‘Submit’. A message bar will flash for a short time reporting ‘Filter updated’. (Note: selecting ‘Clear’ will allow you to select a different collection in which to search).
  4. Click on the Homepage again and you will see that the word ‘Filter’ in the header (at the top of the screen) has a red dot next to it. This indicates that the filter function is currently enabled.
  5. Click on the Search or Browse buttons to locate profile(s) within the context of your filter.

When browsing, the ‘Browse by category’ navigation pane indicates profiles only those taxa occurring within the chosen collection; in this case, the Ben Lomond IBRA region (noting that the taxon may also occur elsewhere). A profile can be found at any of the displayed taxonomic ranks.

When you click on search, all the profiles occurring in your chosen collection will be automatically listed in alphabetical order.

For more information on searching and browsing within the Flora of Australia, refer to the ‘Searching and browsing’ post as part of this Help guide. (Note: once the filter is selected, you can also identify plants occurring only within the chosen collection, e.g. an IBRA region. To do this, click on the Identify button reached via the homepage, ensuring the filter is already activated).

  1. When you have completed your search using the filter, click on the word ‘Filter’ [+ red dot], select ‘Clear’ to update the filter, and press ‘Submit’. Again, ‘Filter updated’ will briefly appear.
  2. Clicking on the ‘Home’ text will bring up the homepage, and the red dot next to the Filter text will now be absent. You have successfully removed the filter function.

(Note that once activated, the filter will always be enabled until it is removed. You can quickly tell if the filter is active by checking for the red dot next to the Filter text in the header.)

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