NVS Plant Names & Codes


To assist data collectors and those analysing data sourced from the National Vegetation Survey Databank (NVS), NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database. Species codes have only been assigned for taxa recorded to date on plots;  the list does not encompass the entire New Zealand Flora.  This list resolves taxonomic name changes following Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database. These are provided in the columns 'PreferredCode' and 'PreferredName'. This list does not resolve changes in taxonomic concepts or misapplied names.

There are three further species attributes that are provided in the list: Biostatus (as per Ngā Tipu Aotearoa – New Zealand Plants), Palatability (to ungulates as per Forsyth et al. 2002) and Growth Form (preliminary list as compiled by NVS staff and as per McGlone et al. 2010). Misapplied names will frequently have the Biostatus "Absent".

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Datasets can be downloaded by any logged in user.

Please provide information on how you are planning to use these data, in particular the potential significance of your project. This helps us report on the value of NVS data and allows us to ensure you have received the data most suited to your purpose.

Vernacular Names


Additional Information (Source National Vegetation Survey Databank)
Bio Status
Growth Form
Threatened Status