Interactive Keys

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.

Benefits of Interactive Keys over traditional keys

  • 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

How to Get Started

Check the system requirements and install the required software.


Goodeniaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Goodeniaceae by Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

Haemodoraceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Haemodoraceae by Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

Lamiaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Lamiaceae by Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

Malvaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Malvaceae by Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

Proteaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Proteaceae by Chris Hollister, Nicholas Lander & Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

Restionaceae

A key to the Western Australian species in the family Restionaceae by Chris Hollister & Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

Search the WA Flora

We provide a basic key to species in FloraBase in our Search the WA Flora form.

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.

WAGenera

A key to Western Australian families and genera of flowering plants.

Key to Genera

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

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.

Available family keys
Acanthaceae Bombacaceae Burseraceae Capparaceae
Caryophyllaceae Casuarinaceae Clusiaceae Combretaceae
Convolvulaceae Dilleniaceae Droseraceae Gentianaceae
Geraniaceae Goodeniaceae Haloragaceae Hydrophyllaceae
Lecythidaceae Loganiaceae Loranthaceae Lythraceae
Malvaceae Melastomataceae Menispermaceae Menyanthaceae
Molluginaceae Nymphaeaceae Oleaceae Opiliaceae
Papaveraceae Passifloraceae Plumbaginaceae Polygalaceae
Primulaceae Proteaceae Ranunculaceae Rhizophoraceae
Santalaceae Sapindaceae Sapotaceae Stackhousiaceae
Sterculiaceae Stylidiaceae Surianaceae Thymelaeaceae
Tiliaceae Tremandraceae Violaceae Viscaceae

Australian Tropical Rainforest Key ed.6

The 6th edition of this venerable interactive key, published online on 10 December 2010, covers 2,553 taxa (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, grasses, palms, pandans and mistletoes) of northern Australian rainforests from Broome to Townsville, with over 11,000 colour images. This edition of the key includes 437 WA taxa.

  • Software: Lucid 3 (Javascript/JSP)