AusGrass2 is a direct development from the original AusGrass (D.Sharp & B.K.Simon 2002). Most of the content from that publication has been brought across to this online version. As with AusGrass the morphological data for species is the same as that used for the Kew online grass flora Clayton, W.D., Vorontsova, M.S., Harman, K.T. and Williamson, H. (2006 onwards). GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora. http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db.html and the data for the generic descriptions originates from Watson, L. and Dallwitz, M.J. (1992 onwards). The Grass Genera of the World: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references. http://delta-intkey.com
When it became apparent that ABRS was unable to provide funding to be able to produce a second edition of the AusGrass CD, I decided to proceed to develop the AusGrass2 Scratchpad. The need for the update of grass information to users, due to the fact that botanical names of grasses are constantly changing as a result of work on grass taxonomy and phylogeny world wide, is necessary. To illustrate this some names in the published Flora have already changed - the sinking of Austrodanthonia, Notodanthonia and Joycea into Rytidosperma for example.
AusGrass2 will be a continuing work in progress, enabling many users be able to comment on and contribute to all aspects of the Scratchpad content via an editing filter.