The Australian Antarctic Division Herbarium (ADT) collection contains one of the most significant Antarctic collections of lichens and bryophytes collected from nearly half of continental Antarctica. It also contains specimens from Subantarctic islands (in order of significance - Macquarie Island, Heard Island, Campbell Island and Auckland Islands).

Also included in the collection are Arctic Bryophytes and Lichens from Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Northern Scandinavia, and other collections from Antarctic Peninsula, Marion Island, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Eastern Asia (China and Japan and Russian far east), North America, Europe.

The ADT conducts taxonomic research on Antarctic, Subantarctic and Southern hemisphere floras. Research on Arctic non-vascular flora.

Two thirds of the Collection has been transferred to the Tasmanian Herbarium (HO).

Statistics taken (December 2010) from: (CHAH Last updated: June 2010)

The collection was established in 1971 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Primarily Bryophytes and Lichens. Also, Subantarctic Islands vascular plants.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi and Plantae.

Geographic range

Antarctica; Subantarctic Islands; Southern continents; Arctic North America, Russian Far East, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and Canada; Europe, Japan

Number of specimens and cultures in the collection

The estimated number of specimens and cultures in the Australian Antarctic Division Herbarium is 35,000.

Of these 14,500 are databased. This represents 41.4 % of the collection.

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The Australian Antarctic Division Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • R.D.Seppelt - Antarctic bryophytes and lichens; Subantarctic Islands flora; Arctic bryophyte and lichen collections; Ditrichum; Viola

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Australian Antarctic Division Herbarium has an estimated 35,000 specimens and cultures.
The collection has databased 41.4 % of these (14,500 records).

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