Interactive Keys

Our curated list of interactive plant identification keys.

AusGrass: Grasses of Australia Second Edition.

AusGrass2 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.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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)

A key to Western Australian species in the Chamelaucieae tribe of Myrtaceae by 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: Eucalypts of Australia Fourth Edition.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

A key to the Western Australian species of pea flowers by Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

A key to the Western Australian species in the genus Ptilotus by Robert Davis and Kevin Thiele.

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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.

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

  • Software: Lucid 3.6 (Javascript)

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)

How to get started

What is an Interactive Key?

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:

  • 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

For Authors: Publication Guidelines and Tutorials