Wattle: Acacias of Australia

Wattle - Acacias of Australia

Wattle: Acacias of Australia

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CSIRO Publishing

Wattle’ complements the Flora of Australia volumes 11A and 11B books.

Many people and institutions contributed to ‘Wattle’ and their efforts are acknowledged.

Wattle’ is part of the ABRS series of identification guides, on CD ROM. At its heart is a random access LucID identification key which allows people of all ages to quickly and accurately identify any species of wattle in Australia.

The key is a truly random access tool, which allows users to enter the characteristics of the wattle specimen they wish to identify, in any order. The key then sorts out those species possessing the characteristics nominated, rejecting those that do not. By progressively providing additional information about the unknown specimen, users can narrow the search, eventually ending up with just one or a few species. The success of the identification can be checked by comparing the specimen with illustrations from a range of sources, maps and detailed descriptions.

Example of description and notes

For those who want information about a species for which the name is already known, the fact sheets containing illustrations, descriptions and maps can be accessed directly. Hyperlinks provide simple navigation between fact sheets of related or similar species.

Sharply pungent

Sharply pungent

Coarsely pungent

Coarsely pungent

Not pungent (innocuous)

Not pungent (innocuous)


A very useful feature for those beginning botanical identification, or those unsure of the usage of terms, is a series of thumbnail illustrations of character states. These can be used either as a glossary to understand terminology, or to directly select matching character states as part of the identification process.

About this CD ROM

Electronic series: ABRS Identification Series
Publishers: Department of Conservation and Land Management/Australian Biological Resources Study/CSIRO Publishing
Year: 2001
Coordinator: B.R.Maslin
ISBN-10: 0 643 06606 3
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 06606 9

System Requirements

Operating system: 95/98/NT(SP6)/ME/2000/XP
System memory: 16mb RAM; 32mb NT/2000/XP (32mb RAM or higher is recommended)
Screen Resolution: SVGA monitor (800 × 600 or better)
CD ROM drive: 4× speed or greater
Input device: Mouse
Web browser: 35mb of hard disk space if Internet Explorer 5.0 already installed; 50mb of hard disk space with the Mozilla browser; Internet connection (optional)