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Public Reference Herbarium

Botanical Resource Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

photo: herbarium sheetThe Botanical Resource Centre, next to the Friends Lounge at the Australian National Botanic Gardens houses a collection of dried plant reference specimens which represents the native and naturalised plants of the A.C.T., the Southern Tablelands, Australian Alps and the South Coast. This self-help collection is available for use by students, plant surveyors and people who just want to know more about plants. The plants are mounted in plastic sleeves in loose-leafed books to make them more robust for public use.

It is open for use by the public after they have had an introductory session from one of the Friends' Facilitators.

The Public Reference Collection is open from 9:30am - 4:30pm daily. Please give the Visitor Centre a phone call on 6250 9450 if you want to come and use it. This facility also has a microscope, access to an extensive library of botanical books and a computer with interactive identification tools and links to the Internet to help make the process of identifying plants easier.

photo: using the herbarium
Everything you need to help you with the identification of your plant specimens.

The Public Reference Herbarium is managed jointly by the Friends of ANBG, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. All plants in the Reference Herbarium are duplicates of specimens in the Australian National Herbarium.

You can discover more about the Australian National Herbarium and the research activities of the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research by visiting their web site at www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/herbarium

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