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.