Wattle: Acacias of Australia v3
Wattle: Acacias of Australia v3
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This WATTLE v3 key (which is also available as an App) enables users to identify wattle plants that occur anywhere in Australia or elsewhere in the world where they are grown. It 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; all which were previously included in Acacia.
WATTLE v3 builds upon two previous versions, namely, the original version was published in 2001 on CD with a software update in 2014 (available as USB drive) and version 2 was published in 2014 on the Lucidcentral website. Compared with earlier versions, which are no longer available, WATTLE v3 contains more species, updated coding and new or updated descriptions for each taxon, together with photographs and improved distribution maps.
At the heart of WATTLE is the powerful Lucid software which helps people of all ages to quickly and accurately identify species. WATTLE is a truly random access tool, one that allows users to enter, in any order, the characteristics of a wattle specimen that they wish to identify. The key then lists those species possessing the characteristics nominated, rejecting those that do not match the criteria entered. By progressively providing additional characteristics about the unknown specimen, users can narrow the search, eventually ending up with just one or a few species.
The key provides context-relevant information (text and images) that assist users to correctly interpret the characteristics of the plant they are attempting to identify. For those who want information about the species that has been identified, WATTLE v3 provides fact sheets containing illustrations, detailed descriptions, photographs and maps that can be accessed directly. Hyperlinks provide simple navigation between fact sheets of related or similar species.
How to cite this key
Maslin, B.R. (coordinator) (2018). WATTLE, Interactive Identification of Australian Acacia. Version 3. (Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Perth; Identic Pty Ltd, Brisbane).
A project of this size could not have been undertaken without the generous assistance and technical skills of many people since the year 2000. This help has been provided by many taxonomic and other specialists, artists, volunteers, government agencies (State, Territory and Commonwealth) and the private sector, and this assistance is gratefully acknowledged here. Specific acknowledgement to those who have provided assistance is included in the previous versions of WATTLE. We also extend our thanks to the many people across the country who have collected specimens and provided other information essential to the taxonomic work that underpins both WATTLE and the Flora of Australia projects.
For line drawings and photographs, the name(s) of people who created these images, together with an appropriate copyright statement, is associated with each image.
In a majority of cases the descriptions presented here are reformatted versions (updated where appropriate) of those published in the 2001 Flora of Australia volumes 11A and 11B. The updated Acacia descriptions are now available through the Flora of Australia website (www.ausflora.org.au). New descriptions have been prepared for taxa described since publication of the Flora volumes. In all cases the contributing author name(s) are shown at the bottom of each description.
Distribution maps were generated via Fact Sheet Fusion using the Atlas of Living Australia spatial portal web services. These maps were generated in July 2018. The data points include only those which were based on vouchered specimens extracted from the Australasian Virtual Herbarium, with records marked as cultivated being excluded. However some distribution anomalies may exist on the maps, for example, where cultivated specimens were not recorded as cultivated in the data records, or where data points were based on incorrectly identified specimens or where geocodes were incorrect.
To view the latest distribution records please visit:
- Flora of Australia (previously Flora of Australia Online)
This digital platform integrates a wide range of botanical information from many sources, such as nomenclature, distribution maps, images, biodiversity data, and identification keys.
- World Wide Wattle
To deliver authoritative information relating to species of Acacia sens. lat. in order to inform, educate and promote the conservation, utilisation and enjoyment of this important group of plants.
About the Key v3
Electronic series: ABRS Identification Series
Publishers: Australian Biological Resources Study/WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (formerly CALM)/Identic Pty Ltd
Lucid v3.6 was used to construct and manage the identification key.
Fact Sheet Fusion v2.05.125 was used to manage the images and data and create fact sheets for both the web and mobile application.
The WATTLE app (Android and iOS) was created via the Lucid Mobile Platform.