The University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU) is a teaching and research collection within the School of Botany. All major plant groups are housed in the Herbarium. The main emphasis of the collection is the Victorian flora, however, for some plant groups interstate and overseas collections are included to adequately cover the range of variation within the group.

The Monash University (MUCV) bryophyte collection has been transferred to MELU.

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

The collection was established in 1926 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Vascular plants, fungi, and lichens of Victoria; bryophytes mainly of Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea; algae (mostly marine) from South Australia, especially Victoria, Western Australia, Lord Howe Island, Macquarie Island, Hawaii, Philippines, and Great Barrier Reef.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi and Plantae.

Geographic range

Vascular collection mainly Victorian, other collections mainly Australasian.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in The University of Melbourne Herbarium is 150,000.

Of these 20,000 are databased. This represents 13.3 % of the collection.

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The University of Melbourne Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • Significant Historical Collections - H.M.R. Rupp non-orchid collection, I.G. Stone (mosses), G.A.M. Scott (bryophytes), G. Beaton (fungi), H.G. Breidahl (bryophytes), W.H. Zimmer (vascular flora of N.W. Victoria), H.J. Swart (fungi)
  • Significant Special Collections - G. Kraft (algae), P.Y. Ladiges (eucalypts), Bogong High Plains Collection, Mt Buffalo Collection, Macquarie Island Collection, Flinders Island Collection, Monash University (MUCV) bryophyte Collection, Burnley Horticultural College Collection
  • Slide Collections - Cookson (microscope slide collection of spores and pollen)
  • Slide Collections - MUCV (bryophyte microscope slide collection)

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The University of Melbourne Herbarium has an estimated 150,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 13.3 % of these (20,000 records).

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