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The University of Melbourne Herbarium

Updated April 2010

HERBARIUM CODE:

MELU

CITES number:

AU043

HERBARIUM NAME:

The University of Melbourne Herbarium

DEPARTMENT / ORGANISATION:

School of Botany, The University of Melbourne

CONTACT DETAILS
Street Address:


The University of Melbourne Herbarium,
School of Botany,
The University of Melbourne

Postal Address:

The University of Melbourne Herbarium

City:

Melbourne

State:

Victoria

Postcode:

3010

Telephone:

(03) 8344 5040

Facsimile:

(03) 9347 5460

Web address: www.botany.unimelb.edu.au/herbarium

Email:

botany-herbarium@unimelb.edu.au

Location:

room 19, 1st floor,
Natural Philosophy Building,
School of Botany,
The University of Melbourne

AUTHORITY/STATUS:

University

ACCESS:

By appointment

ASSOCIATED LIVING COLLECTION:

-

FOUNDATION:

1925

FUNCTIONS:

To serve as a teaching and research collection.

GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE:

Vascular collection mainly Victorian, other collections mainly Australasian

TAXONOMIC SCOPE:

fossils, algae, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, vascular plants

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NUMBER OF SPECIMENS:

Total

Types

Angiosperms

27,850

39

Dicots

21,500

39

Monocots

6,350

?

Gymnosperms

170

?

Pteridophytes

450

?

Mosses

10,000

10

Liverworts

10,000

11

Lichens

3,720

?

Fungi

6,000

127

Algae

35,100

?

Fossils

-

-

Wood Samples

-

-

Accessioned

approx. 73,630

187

Unaccessioned

approx. 8,180

-

NUMBER OF TYPES

approx. 187

Computerisation

Status:

Databased to date:
- all Acacia specimens (except backlog)
- all type specimens
- various other specimens
- all Eucalyptus specimens (except backlog)
- older specimens.

Database Name:

MELU Database

Database Description:

Filemaker Pro database

Number of Specimen Records:

9,000

Access:

-

Email and Internet:

www.botany.unimelb.edu.au/herbarium

Additional 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

Ancillary Collections:

Cookson (microscope slide collection of spores and pollen)
MUCV (bryophyte microscope slide collection)
Botanical Models (c. 1900-1930)

Photographic Collections:

-

Botanical Library:

MELU has a small collection of botanical books. The Brownless Biomedical Library, The University of Melbourne, has a large collection of botanical books.

Staff and Support

Director:

Dr. Andrew N. Drinnan

Curator:

-

Collections Manager:

Nicole D. Middleton

Chief Botanist:

-

Taxonomists:

-

Ecologists/Evolutionary Biologists:

-

Technical Officers:

Kathy Vohs

Volunteers:

University of Melbourne students

Associates:

Dr Gerry Kraft (algae), David Meagher (bryophytes)

Associated Research

Taxonomic:

Prof. Pauline Y. Ladiges, Dr Gerry Kraft, David Meagher

Non-Taxonomic:

Dr. Andrew N. Drinnan

Publications

Relating to the Collection:

As MELU is associated with the School of Botany, voucher specimens related to research performed at the School are usually lodged at MELU. The number of research publications relating to the MELU collection are therefore numerous.

Relating to the Herbarium:

C. Clarke (1988). The history of the herbarium, School of Botany, University of Melbourne. In ‘Botanical History Symposium: development of systematic botany in Australia’. Aust. Syst. Bot. Soc. Inc., Canberra.

Middleton , N.D. (2002). The University of Melbourne Herbarium – Significance Assessment.

Notes:

Monash University (MUCV) bryophyte collection is now housed at MELU.


Prepared for the web by Murray Fagg, last updated 24 June, 2010