The herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens, including marine algae, mosses and liverworts, lichens, ferns, conifers and flowering plants.The collection has been established to support ecological research and teaching. It is also available to the wider community by prior arrangement with the curators.

It includes reference material on invasive species and collections associated with research on vegetation function.

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

The collection was established in 1972 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Vascular plants and bryophytes from Australia, Some bryophytes from New Zealand

Kingdoms covered include: Plantae.

Geographic range

Australia, principally New South Wales, with some Bryophytes from New Zealand.

Australian states covered include: New South Wales.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Downing Herbarium is 13,000.

Of these 9,750 are databased. This represents 75.0 % of the collection.

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


The Downing Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • Important Collections - A. Downing, H. P. Ramsay, B. L. Rice, M. Westoby

Metadata last updated on 2016-03-29 08:05:14.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Downing Herbarium has an estimated 13,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 75.0 % of these (9,750 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.

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