A comprehensive information package, with descriptions and illustrations of the nearly 1200 species, subspecies and variants of acacia in Australia. Now updated to Lucid version 3.5.

With the aid of WATTLE, you will be able to identify any species of acacia in Australia. This powerful electronic key enables species to be quickly and accurately named, irrespective of whether specimens are in flower or fruit. WATTLE is also a comprehensive information package, with descriptions and illustrations of the nearly 1200 species, subspecies and variants of acacia in Australia. + Full description

Wattle's browser interface enables quick access to the rich stores of information or to the identification component, the latest Web-integrated Lucid Player. Every species has a botanical description, a distribution map and diagnostic drawings, one of which is annotated to highlight the most critical features of the plant. Supplementary drawings are derived from well-known sources such as Mueller’s Iconography of Australian Acacias, Simmons’ Acacias of Australia, and Whibley & Symon’s Acacias of South Australia.

This product has been updated to use the Lucid software version 3.5.

- Short description


This product is no longer available to purchase.

Information for previous customers:

This product has been updated to use the Lucid software version 3.5. For instructions on the use of the USB Flash Drive please view instructions. This software is for personal use only.

For site licences please contact: publishing.sales@csiro.au or call 1300 788 000. Software remains a property of Lucid. Lucid is a trademark of the University of Queensland.

For queries contact http://www.lucidcentral.com/


“WATTLE is an exceptional package. After using (it) for this short time, I have learnt more about Acacias than I have learnt in my entire life.”
John Connors, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian National Herbarium

“My feeling in using the package is one of considerable enjoyment. I feel confident using it . . . a very high quality interactive key.”
Andrew Slee, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian National Herbarium

“Is it any good? Yes it is! … The program is fairly intuitive, so it is tempting to just have a go, but then you don’t know about such tricks as “Bingo” on the slide show. … If we only had similar programs for the rest of the flora!”
Jim Barrow (Australian Plant online no.24 December 2001)

“The authors have gone to great lengths to make the CD useable to as many people as possible and I found it easy to learn about the terms I didn’t know.”
Kevin Sparrow (Growing Australian December 2001)

“Australians and others who must identify these wily wattles will certainly find the CD-ROM invaluable, providing they take the time and make the effort to understand properly its uses and ramifications.”
Rudolf Schmid University of California, Berkeley (Taxon 50 November 2001)

“This set of two volumes and a compact disc [Flora of Australia Volumes 11A & 11B: Mimosaceae, Acacia and Wattle: Acacias of Australia] surpasses any of its predecessors in its brilliance. The set is a triumph, skillfully combining the vital aspects of a-taxonomy, economic uses, fossil history and palynology and interactive keys on compact disc.”
TJ Edwards, Curator, Natal University Herbarium, South Africa (South African Journal of Botany v.68 2002)

“… a grand accomplishment and advance the study of Australian wattles immensely.”
Paul Forster (Plant Systematics and Evolution v.233 no.3/4 2002


  • Interactive identification of all recognised Australian acacias
  • Description, illustration and map for every recognised Australian acacia species
  • Easy identification even without flowers or fruit: choose from 100 illustrated features of the plant
  • More than 1000 specimen illustrations
  • Developed cooperatively by Australia’s leading botanical institutions
System Requirements
  • Java Virtual Machine v1.4.2 or greater
  • Windows 2000(SP3)/XP/VISTA/Win7/Win8 (32 or 64 bit editions of Windows are supported); Macintosh OS X 10.4 or greater; Linux that supports J2RE, such as Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu; Solaris 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • Note: Please note that Lucid will run under Windows 98/ME/NT4 however these are unsupported platforms
  • System memory: Windows 256MB RAM (512MB or greater recommended); Macintosh/Linux/Solaris 512MB or greater
  • Screen Resolution: Minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Web browser: Java-enabled web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Prior to installation of the product please ensure you have installed the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The latest version of Java can be obtained free from www.java.com.

NOTE: Fact sheets and images attached to items in Lucid v3.5 interactive key matrices may not display correctly due to updated operating systems and Java. To correct this issue, please download and run the updated installer, after installing your original product. Once downloaded, double-click on the .jar file to launch the update installer. If the .jar file extension is associated with any application other than Java they you may need to right-click on the file and use the "open with” function to launch the file using Java. Alternatively, from a command prompt run the following command:

java -jar filename.jar
for e.g. java -jar wattle_update_installer.jar

Once the updated installer is completed, you can then use the Wattle product.

NOTE: Web pages such as fact sheets attached to items in Lucid v3.5 interactive key matrices may be considered pop-ups by certain browsers (such as Internet Explorer (IE) when clicked on by users. If your browser blocks these popups, in your browser's internet settings you should allow pop-ups for this Lucid tool. Additionally, Internet Explorer may block "active content" on web pages or interactive keys. To allow active content, in Internet Explorer, under Tools, Internet Options, Advanced tab, Security category, the box next to the setting: "Allow active content to run in files on My Computer" should be checked.

For more information on the Lucid Player, contact Lucidcentral.com.