The Allan Herbarium contains species from around the world but specialises in indigenous and exotic plants of the New Zealand region and the South Pacific. There are over 660 000 specimens in the Allan Herbarium with 5000-8000 being added annually. Two-thirds of the specimens are of New Zealand indigenous plants with the remainder divided between naturalised and cultivated New Zealand specimens, and also foreign specimens. It also has specialist collections of seed, fruit, wood, plant leaf cuticle, liquid–preserved specimens, and microscope slides.

The Allan Herbarium's main function is to collect and record the flora of New Zealand, and to make this information readily available to researchers, and regional and national authorities. The collections are used by systematists to classify and identify species accurately, by ecologists to determine historical distributions of species, by biosecurity managers to identify weeds, and by the general public (including botanical groups) for information on plants in New Zealand.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi and Plantae.

Geographic range

Worldwide, but with emphasis on New Zealand and the South Pacific

The western most extent of the collection is: -180.000000°

The eastern most extent of the collection is: 180.000000°

The northern most extent of the collection is: 90.000000°

The southern most extent of the collection is: -90.000000°

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Allan Herbarium is 660,000.

Of these 236,000 are databased. This represents 35.8 % of the collection.

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Metadata last updated on 2015-03-31 08:34:05.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Allan Herbarium has an estimated 660,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 35.8 % of these (236,000 records).

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