Queensland Herbarium

Queensland Herbarium staff and research associates use the specimen collections to provide comprehensive and expert knowledge about the Queensland flora and its ecosystems.

The Queensland Herbarium’s 850,000 specimen collection holds a vast amount of information about Queensland’s plants, algae and fungi and is maintained to national scientific standards.

The Queensland Herbarium is part of a national and international network of herbaria which exchange specimens and scientific information, helping to improve our knowledge of the Queensland flora.

The Queensland Herbarium provides the science and information for a broad range of industry sectors, landholders and the community for the management of the state’s biodiversity in support of Queensland and Commonwealth legislation:

  • Nature Conservation Act 1992
  • Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Biosecurity Act 2014
  • Criminal Code Act 1899 and Drugs Misuse Act 1986
  • Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Access to the collection

You can access the Herbarium data through The Australasian Virtual Herbarium.

If you are a member of the public, you can use the public reference centre to identify your own plant specimens, using microscopes, identification guides and reference specimens.The Queensland Herbarium is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you are a researcher you can gain access to the collection by prior arrangement.

Read more about the Herbarium collection.