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Collecting plants for identification

Guides to collecting and preserving plant specimens

Of course, one of the issues with toxic plants is that death or illness of animals may occur remote from the place where the plants were ingested and/or early symptoms may not be observed, which means that the person investigating often won’t know what the animal ate. This complicates the decision about what to suspect and collect, and it may mean collecting several specimens!

Herbaria services

All Australian states have herbaria that offer plant identification services. In addition, the Australian Tropical Herbarium and the NT Herbarium Alice Springs offer plant identification services for people within their region. The state herbaria would probably prefer that correspondence is sent to a generic email address.

InstitutionPhysical addressEmail
Australian Tropical HerbariumBuilding E2:018 James Cook University,
Cairns Campus, MacGregor Road,
Smithfield Qld 4870
[email protected]
Northern Territory Herbarium - Alice SpringsAlice Springs Desert Park,
Larapinta Drive,
Alice Springs NT 0870
[email protected]
Northern Territory Herbarium - DarwinHerbarium Building,
The Boulevard,
Palmerston NT 0830
[email protected]
Queensland HerbariumQueensland Herbarium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens,
Mount Coot-tha Road,
Toowong Qld 4066
[email protected]
Western Australia HerbariumWA Herbarium,
Attn: Collections Manager Conservation Science Centre,
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions,
17 Dick Perry Avenue,
Kensington WA 6151

Botanists in northern Australia who may be able to assist

NAQS, the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, is a program within Biosecurity Operations Division of the (federal) Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Betsy JackesJames Cook University,
Townsville (retired)
[email protected]
Andrew MitchellConsultant in WA
inc Pilbara and Kimberley
[email protected]
Mark GardenerNAQS Darwin[email protected]
Mason CampbellNAQS Cairns[email protected]
Stephen McKennaNAQS Cairns[email protected]
Barbara WaterhouseNAQS Cairns[email protected]

Many thanks to Stuart Worboys from the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns who put together this information for the 2021 NABS Online Masterclass. Print version available here.