Principal knowledge and information resource on South Australia's native and naturalised plant, macroalgae and macrofungal biodiversity.

A key centre in the network of Australian biological collection and research institutes further developing the taxonomic and spatial inventory of Australian biological diversity.

Centre for systematics research in plants, macroalgae and macrofungi in groups (principally Australian) of specialist expertise.

Programs in conservation biology research.

Centre for deposition of vouchers of plants, macroalgae and macrofungi for biological and ecological studies.

Statistics taken (June 2010) from: (CHAH Last updated: Jan 2007)

The collection was established in 1954 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Collections cover all the Macrophytic groups; plants, macroalgae and macrofungi.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi and Plantae.

Geographic range

Worldwide but with primary emphasis on South Australia in an Australian context; collections from South Australia account for at least 50% of the holdings, cultivated.

Australian states covered include: South Australia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the State Herbarium of South Australia is 1,030,000.

Of these 723,000 are databased. This represents 70.2 % of the collection.

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The State Herbarium of South Australia contains these significant collections:

  • J.M. Black Herbarium - associated with first and second editions of 'Flora of South Australia'
  • Marine Algae - H.B.S. Womersley, students and associates
  • J.B. Cleland - macrofungi
  • R.S. Rogers - orchids
  • D.G. Catcheside - bryophytes
  • Department of Agriculture Herbarium (ADA) transferred to AD in c. 2005 - C. R. Alcock, D. Chinner, M. Michelmore - speciality naturalised alien angiosperms (weeds)

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Metadata last updated on 2015-09-09 14:10:01.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The State Herbarium of South Australia has an estimated 1,030,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 70.2 % of these (723,000 records).

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