AusGrass: Grasses of Australia
AusGrass: Grasses of Australia

By Donovan Sharp and Bryan K. Simon


Published in 2002 by CSIRO/ABRS Identification Series, (LuciD key)


USB Flash Drive.


Price $A110.00 plus $A8.00 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780643068612


  • Description
  • Features
  • System requirements

AusGrass is the largest and most comprehensive identification guide to a plant group ever published. Using either interactive or dichotomous keys, AusGrass enables quick and accurate identification of any of the 1323 species of grass, native or naturalised, growing wild in Australia. This powerful identification tool can be used with living plants or dry specimens, even when they are not in flower or fruit.

Provides an easy-to-use interface with comprehensive fact sheets for each species, including a botanical description, notes on distribution and taxonomy, as well as images including diagnostic line drawings, scanned specimens, photographs and stereomicrographs.

AusGrass will be an invaluable tool for taxonomists, ecologists, agricultural extension officers, weed managers, Landcare and Bushcare coordinators, environmental consultants, or anyone with an interest in Australian grasses.

For instructions on the use of the USB Flash Drive please view PDF Instructions

This software is for personal use only. For site licences please contact: or call 1300 788 000. Software remains a property of Lucid. Lucid is a trademark of the University of Queensland. For queries contact


•  Interactive identification of many grasses to subspecies or variety

•  Fast navigation between taxa using hyperlinks

•  Over 4000 photographs and illustrations, including more than 1400 maps

•  Browse species by species name, genus name, common name or synonym

•  Comprehensive glossary of terms and an extensive list of references

•  More than 220 characters to aid accurate identification

System requirements

•  Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/7, Mac OSX, Linux, Solaris

•  System memory: 256MB RAM (512MB or greater recommended)

•  Screen Resolution: Minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels

•  Web browser: Java-enabled web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

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 pop-ups, 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.

The Lucid3 interactive key will run embedded within a web browser as a Java applet. Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.5 or greater must be installed on your computer for the Lucid3 Applet Player to run successfully.

Java information You can install the Java Runtime Environment provided on the CD ROM found under the 'java' folder. Alternatively you can download and install the latest Java Runtime Environment version from the Java website at: (free download).

Note to Macintosh users: OSX comes pre-installed with the JRE and is accessible using Safari. Ensure you have the latest version of JRE by running the software update utility. The instructions would simply be to open that start webpage.

For more information on the Lucid Player, contact