The Edith Cowan University's The Robert Brown Herbarium (ECU) is a teaching and research collection within the School of Natural Sciences. All major plant groups are housed in the Herbarium.

The collection is estimated to consist of almost 7000 herbarium sheets and associated spirit, carpological and wood specimens, and brings together historical collections with more recent materials collected by staff and students.

Statistics taken (October 2010) from: (Index Herbariorum) (Biodiversity Collections Index)

The collection was established in 1950 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Vascular and non-vascular terrestrial plants, some seagrasses and algae, and a limited representation of macroscopic fungi and protists.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi, Plantae and Protista.

Geographic range

Western Australia, especially South-West, Pilbara, some Eastern Goldfields.

Australian states covered include: Western Australia.

Number of specimens and cultures in the collection

The estimated number of specimens and cultures in the Edith Cowan University The Robert Brown Herbarium is 10,000.

Of these 10,000 are databased. This represents 100.0 % of the collection.

Click the Records & Statistics tab to access those database records that are available through the atlas.


The Edith Cowan University The Robert Brown Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • Historical collections - Graylands, Claremont and Churchlands Teachers' Colleges

Metadata last updated on 2010-10-13 14:44:26.0


Robert Brown

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School of Natural Sciences, Building 19, 270 Joondalup Drive
Western Australia 6027

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Kristina Lemson
phone: (08) 6304 5369
phone: (08) 6304 5509
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Member of Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH)

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Edith Cowan University The Robert Brown Herbarium has an estimated 10,000 specimens and cultures.
The collection has databased 100.0 % of these (10,000 records).

No database records for this collection can be accessed through the Atlas of Living Australia.

No records are available for viewing in the Atlas.

Images from this collection