ANU has a wood collection within the Forestry Department of the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

The collection has three components:

1. A wood library. A room with bookcases on three sides. The bookcases hold not books, but samples of timber, about the size of a paperback. These timber samples are from Australian and non-Australian timbers.

2. A wood collection. About 3000 pieces of timber, postcard size, 20mm thick. Each piece of timber is numbered.

3. A slide collection. Several thousand slides, each with three thinly sliced and stained sections of timber, for viewing through a backlit microscope.


- A cardfile exists of some of the collection, with information about where timber was collected.

- Two spreadsheets cataloguing the wood collection.

The woods are used as a reference collection. Occasionally a small sample may be cut off a specimen for use in a research project, such as for electron microscopy.

This wood collection is one of perhaps three known wood collections in Australia (the others being: CSIRO collection at Monash, and NSW DPI Forestry in Pennant Hills).

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Plantae.

Number of specimens in the collection

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Metadata last updated on 2012-03-16 14:08:32.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

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

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