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State Herbarium of South Australia

Updated February 2013

HERBARIUM CODE:

AD

CITES number:

AU034 (prior to 11 Jan, 2002 CITES number was AU015)

HERBARIUM NAME:

State Herbarium of South Australia

DEPARTMENT / ORGANISATION:

1. Science Monitoring & Knowldge Branch, Strategy & Advice, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australian Government
2. Board of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide & State Herbarium

CONTACT DETAILS

Michelle Waycott, Chief Botanist

Street Address:

Hackney Road,
Adelaide,
South Australia 5000

Postal Address:

PO Box 2732
Kent Town
SA 5071 Australia

City:

Adelaide

State:

South Australia

Postcode:

5071

Telephone:

08 - 8222 9308

Facsimile:

08 - 8222 9387

Website: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/Knowledge_Bank/Science_and_research/State_Herbarium

Email:

firstname.lastname@sa.gov.au OR stateherbsa@sa.gov.au

Location:

In the Plant Biodiversity Centre building (the old Tram Barn A), Botanic Gardens of Adelaide

AUTHORITY/STATUS:

State Government

ACCESS:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday

ASSOCIATED LIVING COLLECTION:

Botanic Gardens of Adelaide

FOUNDATION:

1954, but incorporating earlier herbaria particularly those established in the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Botany Dept of the University of Adelaide, (including the extensive J.M. Black Herbarium), and South Australian Museum and more recently the Waite Agricultural Research Institute.

FUNCTIONS:

Principal knowledge and information resource on South Australia's native and naturalised plant, macroalgal 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.

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

GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE:

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

TAXONOMIC SCOPE:

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

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2013 data

NUMBER OF SPECIMENS:

Total

Types

Angiosperms

833,000

~2,400

Dicots

675,000

~2,050

Monocots

152,000

~350

Gymnosperms

4,000

<10

Pteridophytes

15,000

<20

Mosses

25,000

<20

Liverworts

10,000

<10

Lichens

15,000

<50

Fungi

29,000

~800

Algae

96,000

~700

Fossils

~200

<10

Wood Samples

-

-

Accessioned

N/A

-

Unaccessioned

Approximately 100,000 are not incorporated in the main collection, but at some stage in the accession process

-

Computerisation

Status:

On going

Database Name:

ADHERB (specimens), FLORA (census), Electronic Flora of South Australia (fact sheets)

Database Description:

TEXPRESS (FLORA maintained in ORACLE)

Number of Specimen Records:

~722,000

Access:

www.flora.sa.gov.au (Electronic Flora of South Australia; Australia's Virtual Herbarium); large data dumps by request

Email and Internet:

firstname.lastname@sa.gov.au
www.flora.sa.gov.au
http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/Knowledge_Bank/Science_and_research/State_Herbarium

Additional Collections

Significant Historical Collections:


J.M. Black Herbarium (associated with first and second editions of ‘Flora of South Australia')

Significant Special Collections:

  • Marine Algae (H.B.S. Womersley, students and associates)
  • J.B. Cleland (macrofungi),
  • R.S. Rogers (orchids),
  • D.G. Catcheside (bryophytes)

Ancillary Collections:

Approximately 5,000 collections in ethanol - especially strong in Orchidaceae

Photographic Collections:

-

Botanical Library:

Staff reference library (shared with Botanic Gardens of Adelaide). Limited public access.

Staff and Support

Director:

Ms Sandy Carruthers
Director, Science, Monitoring & Knowledge Branch, Strategy & Advice, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australian Government

Manager:

Peter Canty, Manager State Herbarium, Science, Monitoring & Knowledge Branch

Chief Botanist:

Professor Michelle Waycott, H.B.S.Womersley Chair in Plant Systematics, The University of Adelaide
and Chief Botanist, State Herbarium, Science, Monitoring & Knowledge Branch

Collections Manager: Helen Vonow

Taxonomists:

Graham Bell (Mosses)
Fred Gurgel (marine macro-algae)
Juergen Kellermann (Rhamnaceae, Flora of South Australia coordinator, Editor of Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, Census of South Australian Plants, Algae & Fungi)
Peter Lang (Goodeniaceae, Fabaceae, Census of South Australian Plants, Algae & Fungi)
Michelle Waycott (Alismitidae, Santalum, Solanum, Australian flora

Ecologists/Evolutionary Biologists:

Chris Brodie, Weeds Botanist
Hugh Cross, Molecular Botanist

Technical Officers:

Dean Cunningham
Martin O’Leary (Acacia)
Andrea Ramsay
Carolyn Ricci (macro-algae)

Volunteers:

c. 20

Associates:

Bob Baldock (marine macro-algae), Bill Barker (Scrophulariaceae, Stackhousiaceae, Hakea, Josephinia, Lawrencia glomerata ), Robyn Barker (Acanthaceae, Hakea, Sida, Abutilon, Zygophyllaceae), Ainsley Calladine (Loranthaceae), Pam Catcheside (macrofungi), Bob Chinnock (Myoporaceae, pteridophytes, Cactaceae), Laurie Haegi (Solanaceae, Hakea, John Jessop (Poaceae), Hellmut Toelken (Kunzea , Hibbertia, Australian Crassulaceae)

Associated Research

Taxonomic:

See above

Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (ACEBB) Director: Professor Andrew Lowe, Professor of Plant Conservation Biology, The University of Adelaide andrew.lowe@ adelaide.edu.au

Non-Taxonomic:

The Biological Survey of South Australia
Science, Monitoring & Knowledge Branch, Strategy & Advice, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD)
The University of Adelaide; Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources; Board of Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium. (Director: Prof. Allan Cooper)

Seed Conservation Centre, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources; Board of Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium (Germplasm Coordinator: Dr Phillip Ainsley)

Publications

Relating to the Collection:

Flora of South Australia:
http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/eds
Census of South Australian Plants, Algae and Fungi:
http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/census.shtml
Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden (JABG): http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/jabg

Relating to the Herbarium:

A list of publications of the Herbarium is available online:
http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/publications

Notes:

JABG available as exchange for journals of relevance to the Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium

 


Originally prepared for the web by Murray Fagg, last updated 7 February, 2014