Resources of Australian Herbaria

Compiled by K.J.Cowley & J.G.West on behalf of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH)


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Australian National Herbarium

updated November 2013

HERBARIUM CODE:

CANB

CITES number:

AU011

HERBARIUM NAME:

Australian National Herbarium

DEPARTMENT / ORGANISATION:

Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research- a collaborative organisation between CSIRO Plant Industry and Australian National Botanic Gardens (Dept of the Environment)

CONTACT DETAILS
Street Address:

CSIRO Plant Industry
Clunies Ross Street
Black Mountain

Web site: http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/herbarium/index.html

Postal Address:

GPO Box 1600

City:

Canberra

State:

ACT

Postcode:

2601

Telephone:

(02) 6246 5084

Facsimile:

(02) 6246 5249

Email:

firstname.lastname@csiro.au

Telephone: (ANBG Site)

(02) 6250 9450

Facsimile: (ANBG Site)

(02) 6250 9599

Email: (ANBG Site)

firstname.lastname@environment.gov.au

Location:

Flowering plant collection in the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research in the CSIRO Plant Industry complex on Black Mountain, cnr Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street with vehicle access off Clunies Ross Street

Cryptogam, fern and gymnosperm collection in the Botany Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on Black Mountain, cnr of Clunies Ross Street and Black Mountain Drive with access off Clunies Ross Street

Public Access collection at the Botanical Resource Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on Black Mountain, cnr of Clunies Ross Street and Black Mountain Drive with access off Clunies Ross Street

Tropical rainforest collection in the Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS) entry.

AUTHORITY/STATUS:

Commonwealth collections. Statutory Authority responsible to the Federal Minister for Science and the Minister for the Environment.

ACCESS:

Collections accessible to researchers by prior appointment.
Public Access collection 9am - 4pm daily, including weekends

ASSOCIATED LIVING COLLECTION:

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT,
Booderee Botanic Garden, Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, ACT

FOUNDATION:

CANB represents the collections of CSIRO Land & Water, CSIRO Forestry (FRI), CSIRO Plant Industry and CBG. The CSIRO collections have been co-located and integrated for some years. The amalgamation with the ANBG collection (formerly CBG) took place in 1994 following an Agreement between CSIRO, Division of Plant Industry, and ANCA (now Department of the Environment), in November 1993 to form the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research with the combined herbarium forming part of the Centre’s activities. The Centre's name was changed to the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) in October 2010.

The CSIRO Atherton Herbarium is part of the Australian Tropical Herbarium - see CNS entry.

FUNCTIONS:

The Australian National Herbarium (CANB) provides a national focus for plant taxonomic and systematic endeavour and serves as the Commonwealth's prime resource for botanical information. Systematic research focuses on understanding the evolution, phylogeny and biogeography of key Australian plant groups. Its collections support and authenticate the taxonomy of genetic and ecological work undertaken by the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research and botanical programs of the CSIRO as well as authenticating the living and image collections and the horticultural research programs of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE:

c. 65% of the collection is Australian; c. 35% of the collection is non-Australian, particularly Papua New Guinea.

TAXONOMIC SCOPE:

All major plant groups, lichens, fungi, algae are represented.

Pie chart breakdown of CANB specimens

NUMBER OF SPECIMENS:

Total

Type *

Angiosperms

-

-

Dicots

652,649

6,061

Monocots

165,866

1,598

Gymnosperms

4,327

30

Pteridophytes

25,599

143

Mosses

120,388

178

Liverworts

31,864

102

Lichens

104,053

1,157

Fungi

12,572

85

Algae

7,494

3

Fossils

-

-

Wood Samples

c. 4,500

-

Accessioned

-

-

Unaccessioned

-

-

 

* These figures relate to those types already identified from the collection; there are certainly more within the main collection. The type collection is held separately from the main collection.

Computerisation

Status:

Ongoing with new accessions and foreign specimens as all of the incorporated Australian vascular collection is databased.

Database Name:

ANHSIR incorporating links to APNI

Database Description:

ORACLE [RDBMS]

Number of Specimen Records:

810,768 (74.7%)

Access:

Free on request (charge for large or commercial use)

Email and Internet:

firstname.lastname@environment.gov.au

firstname.lastname@csiro.au

http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/

Additional Collections

Significant Historical Collections:

Joseph Banks & Daniel Solander, Robert Brown (c. 1200 specimens)

Significant Special Collections:

Eucalyptus, Orchidaceae, tropical rainforest taxa, Australia and Papua New Guinea, lichens, mosses

Ancillary Collections:

Spirit Collection, comprising 29,000 accessions, c. 15,000-20,000 Orchidaceae, 3,800 eucalypts, c. 5,700 other taxa

Photographic Collections:

Australian National Botanic Garden collection, 42,000 plant portraits and whole plant profiles, 35mm slides and born-digital fully databased, only c.50% of slides digitized.

Botanical Library:

Subset of CSIRO, Black Mountain Library. Access during normal work hours by appointment; worldwide coverage in areas of Australian taxonomy, botanical history.

Library of Australian National Botanic Gardens. Access during normal working hours by appointment; orchids, cryptogams, horticulture of Australian plants.

Staff and Support

Director:

Dr Andrew Young

Curator:

Brendan Lepschi

Collections Manager:

Jo Palmer

Chief Botanist:

-

Taxonomists:

Christine Cargill (hornworts, liverworts); Mark Clements (Orchidaceae); Cecile Gueidan (lichens); Brendan Lepschi (Santalaceae, plant nomenclature); Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn (Asteraceae, Lamiaceae); Judy West (Portulacaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Sapindaceae)

Ecologists/Evolutionary Biologists:

Linda Broadhurst (plant population genetics, restoration ecology); Bob Godfree (plant-climate interactions, invasive plant biology); Andrew Young (plant population genetics, population ecology, conservation biology)

Technical Officers:

Natalie Aked (Volunteer Coordinator); Serkan Alasya (Loans and Exchange officer); Emma Clifton (Orchid collection support, APNI and APC support); Kirsten Cowley (Portulacaceae and Caryophyllaceae research support, APNI and APC support); Bronwyn Collins (Student Botanical Internship Program, APNI and APC support); Judith Curnow (Cryptogam collection support); Nunzio Knerr (bioinformatics); Terena Lally (Kennedia, Ptilotus, curation/collection support); Lan Li (molecular systematics support); David Mallinson (curation/collection support); David Marshall (conservation biology support); Cathy Miller (molecular systematics support); Maggie Nightingale (Poaceae); Jo Palmer (Amaranthaceae); Andrew Slee (Eucalyptus research support, curation)

IT Staff:

Jim Croft; John Hook; Greg Whitbread. Data-entry staff: Maggie Nightingale; Carmen Evans.

Volunteers:

Currently c. 50

Associates:

Laurie Adams (Gentianaceae); Dave Albrecht (Lobeliaceae, local floristics); Tony Brown (genetic resources from native species of Glycine and Gossypium); John Busby (bioinformatics); Lyn Craven (Boraginaceae, Malvaceae, Myrtaceae); Isobel Crawford (local floristics); Mike Crisp (Fabaceae); Jack Elix (lichens); Murray Fagg (Australian plant cultivars, plant images); Richard Groves (environmental weeds); Heino Lepp (fungi); Jose Piggin (Fabaceae and Poaceae crop relatives); Rosemary Purdie (local floristics).

Associated Research

Taxonomic:

Indicated above

Non-Taxonomic:

Indicated above

Publications

Relating to the Collection:

"CSIRO Australian Biological Collection" published by the CSIRO Collections Group

Relating to the Herbarium:

Resources of Australian Herbaria collated and updated as a website on behalf of The Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH)

Australian Plant Collectors and Illustrators, published as a regularly updated website on behalf of The Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH)

Notes:

Plant Systematics Research in Australasia is regularly updated on behalf of CHAH.

Prepared for the web by Murray Fagg, last updated 28 January, 2014