Interactive Keys

Our curated list of interactive plant identification keys.

Our getting started guide will help you get your device prepared to use some of these keys.

AusGrass

AusGrass: Grasses of Australia Secondth Edition builds on the foundation of AusGrass (Sharp & Simon 2002) from data maintained in DELTA format, one for species and infra-specific taxa and another for genera.

Australian Tropical Rainforest Key

Edition 8 includes 2762 taxa in 176 families and 48 new name changes.

Chamelaucieae

A key to Western Australian species in the Chamelaucieae tribe of Myrtaceae.

Authors: Barbara L. Rye, Matthew D. Barrett, Terry D. Macfarlane, Nicholas S. Lander, Malcolm E. Trudgen, Neville G. Marchant and Kevin R. Thiele.

  • Software: Open DELTA / CSIRO DELTA

EUCLID

EUCLID: Eucalypts of Australia Fourth Edition.

Goodeniaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Goodeniaceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Haemodoraceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Haemodoraceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Lamiaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Lamiaceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Malvaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Malvaceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Pea Flowers of Western Australia

A key to the Western Australian species of pea flowers.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Proteaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Proteaceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister, Nicholas Lander and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Ptilotus

A key to the Western Australian species in the genus Ptilotus.

Authors: Robert Davis and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Restionaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Restionaceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Rutaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Rutaceae.

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3 / 4 (Javascript)

Search the WA Flora

We provide a basic key to species in our Advanced Search feature.

This data was captured originally for The Western Australian Flora — A Descriptive Catalogue (2000) and continuously maintained until 2008. The underlying dataset was captured using the DELTA System, but this software is not required to use the data.

SpiKey

An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Authors: Matthew D. Barrett, Benjamin M. Anderson and Kevin R. Thiele.

WATTLE Acacias of Australia 3

WATTLE 3 includes over 1,000 formally described species of Acacia, plus several hybrids and informal taxa of this genus. It also includes two species of Acaciella, four species of Senegalia and nine species of Vachellia that occur in Australia and which were previously included in Acacia. WATTLE 3 contains more species, updated coding and new or updated descriptions for each taxon, together with photographs and improved distribution maps.

New to this version is the WATTLE App, packaged for use on an Android or Apple smartphone or tablet. No phone or Wi-Fi connection is required to use the key, making it especially valuable for people working in the field. The WATTLE App can be downloaded from Google Play and App Store for $9.95 and $9.99, respectively.

WAGenera

A key to Western Australian families and genera of flowering plants by T.D. Macfarlane, L. Watson and N.G. Marchant.

Open the Key to Genera

Perform an identification to genus level directly, without reference to any family.

Open the Key to Families

Perform an identification to family level. Useful when only family-level information is required.

Key to Genera Within Families

Perform an identification to genus level within a particular family of vascular plant. 48 keys are currently available, below.

How to get started

Check the system requirements and install the required software.

Interactive keys are computer-aided identification tools that assist with finding the correct name for an unidentified specimen. These keys provide numerous benefits over the traditional printed dichotomous key, including:

  • Ordering the characters to start with the one that best separates the remaining taxa
  • Characters can be scored in any order, depending on the material you have available
  • Contain illustrations and text explaining the terminology used for many of the plant parts

Authors, please see our Publication Guidelines and Tutorials.