Using PlantFile Online

Find information on plants, and their pests and diseases

PlantFile Online

PlantFile Online currently contains over 3,580 plant species and over 5,200 cultivars from both the southern and northern hemispheres, accompanied by 14,000 photographs.  It allows you to sort, select and identify commonly used plants, as well as common pests and diseases and their treatment. PlantFile operates on all web browsers and platforms.

Register and access PlantFile Online

You need to register for a free account to get full access to PlantFile.

After registering, you will be able to:

  • see all of the records in the PlantFile database (more than 3000)
  • create your own lists of plants from existing records and keep them in a personal storage folder
  • take quizzes to test your knowledge of the plant in your personal storage
  • use the data import function to create your own database of plants


  1. Go to the personal account registration page.
  2. Fill in the fields with a red star by using your CQU email address for this.
  3. Click Save. You will receive an email to verify your account.

Plantfile registration form


After registering, you will be able to see all the records in the PlantFile database. See below for details of how to access PlantFile.

Plantfile home page

Access PlantFile Online

  1. Go to the Library homepage - Click the Databases tab of the Library Search box.

Database search in Library search

  1. Type PlantFile into the search box and click Search.
  2. Click PlantFile in the results list to open the record.
  3. Click PlantFile under Full Text Availability.
  4. Log in with your new account details to use Plantfile.