The Western Australian Herbarium (PERTH) collections document the biodiversity of native and alien plants of Western Australia. The collection of over 750,000 specimens includes vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, macro-fungi, marine and fresh water algae, as well as collections of micro-organisms of particular significance to conservation, agriculture and public health such as water moulds, Cyanobacteria, and Actinobacteria.

The herbarium supports an extensive network of over 70 regional community groups to maintain local reference collections of duplicate specimens.

The Pilbara Regional Herbarium (PRH), sometimes referred to as (KARR) closed in 2006 and its 7273 specimens were returned to PERTH. The PRH specimens included flowering plants, cycads and ferns of the Australian arid zone, in particular the Pilbara Region.

The Hilton Fungi collection have been transferred to PERTH. Additionally, the algal specimens from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Murdoch University Herbarium (MURU) have been transferred to PERTH.

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

and [accessed March 2016]

The collection was established in 1929 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

All plant groups, including angiosperms, gymnosperms, pteridophytes, bryophytes and algae. Fungi are also a significant part of the collection.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi, Plantae and Protista.

Geographic range

Western Australia

Australian states covered include: Western Australia.

Number of specimens and cultures in the collection

The estimated number of specimens and cultures in the Western Australian Herbarium is 751,803.

Of these 751,803 are databased. This represents 100.0 % of the collection.

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The Western Australian Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • Historical Collections - C.R.P. Andrews, W.E. Blackall, W.V. Fitzgerald, C.A.Gardner, E. Pritzel
  • Significant Special Collections - B.T.Goadby, A. Morrison, R.D. Royce, A.S. George
  • Spirit Collection
  • Carpological Collection
  • Algae of CSIRO, MURU, UWA - The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Murdoch University Herbarium (MURU) algae collections have been transferred to PERTH.
  • Fungi of the Perth Urban Bushland
  • Reference Herbarium
  • Pilbara Regional Herbarium Collection - 7273 specimens from the Australian arid zone, in particular the Pilbara Region.
  • Hilton Fungi Collection - The University of Western Australia fungi collection has been transferred to PERTH.

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Western Australian Herbarium has an estimated 751,803 specimens and cultures.
The collection has databased 100.0 % of these (751,803 records).

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