The John Ray Herbarium is one of the largest University Herbaria in the country with 62,503 specimens. The Herbarium was commenced by the first Professor of Botany, Prof. A Lawson, in 1916. It is a teaching and taxonomic collection for research in the School of Biological Sciences, and a repository for specimens collected during various research enterprises.

Statistics taken October 2010 from: Last updated January 2007.

The collection was established in 1916 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

All taxa with an emphasis on Angiosperms. Emphasis on Australia, predominantly SE Australia. Collections of Bryophytes and Mosses from PNG, limited non-Australian representation of other groups.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi and Plantae.

Geographic range


Australian states covered include: Mostly SE Australia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the John Ray Herbarium is 62,053.

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The John Ray Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • Significant Historical Collections - R.H. Cambage, a geologist and amateur botanist early this century. About 1500 specimens some of which relate to published vegetation descriptions of various parts of NSW.
  • Significant Historical Collections - W.H. Lucas. A complete set of Lucas' Algal collection (c. 1200 specimens).
  • Significant Special Collections - The John Ray Herbarium houses collections relating to published research of previous staff and students of this School, for example J. Vickery and Fraser (Vegetation of analysis of Barrington Tops), W.J. Peacock (Cytotaxonomy of Goodenia), B.G. Briggs (taxonomy of Ranunculus and Darwinia), S. Smith-White and Carter (Cytotaxonomy of Brachycome), P. Weston (Phylogeny of Persoonia and relatives), R. Carolin (Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Goodeniaceae), R. Carolin and P. Myerscough (Vegetation of coastal sand masses), A. Larkum (Ecology and physiology of algae).

Metadata last updated on 2010-10-12 08:39:19.0

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The John Ray Herbarium has an estimated 62,053 specimens.

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