**COVID notice: the Plant Identifications service has been severely impacted by current Covid restrictions—normal service is unlikely to resume until current conditions ease. The phone number provided is currently unattended. We apologise for the disruption.**
The following charges apply for plant identifications provided by the Identifications Botanists at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Specimens can be submitted either in person or by mail, which will incur the same charges. Jobs exceeding 10 specimens require prior arrangement with an Identifications Botanist.
Jobs may take up to six weeks, unless they are urgent. A job taking less than 15 minutes will cost $20.90, or $30.30 if an invoice is required. A job taking more than 15 minutes will cost $162.80 per hour on a pro rata basis. A schedule of charges is applicable for other plant identification services.
Urgent jobs may take up to 10 working days after receipt, and will incur a surcharge. Urgent jobs taking less than 15 minutes will cost $30.80, or $42.50 if an invoice is required. Those jobs taking more than 15 minutes will cost $258.50 per hour on a pro rata basis.
Urgent work can only be undertaken by prior arrangement between the client and an Identifications Botanist.
For identifications in person, payments are made to the Identifications Botanist at the time of the service.
For specimens received through the mail an invoice will be sent. Please note that we do not accept payment in advance.
The Identifications Botanist may waive or reduce charges if the material received is of benefit to the collections of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, for instance new records of native plants or weeds.
All rates include time taken in the preparation of specimens prior to identification and the time taken for all communication.
All charges include GST.
Use of identification facilities
The Plant Identifications and Information facilities are available for independent use (i.e. without botanist assistance) for $127.60 per day or $63.80 per half day. Assistance by a botanist is only available by prior arrangement and will be charged at the rate of $243.10 per hour. The facilities include reference collections of both wild and cultivated plants of Victoria.
To contact the Identifications and Information service, please call 03 9252 2315 or direct mail to:
Identifications and Information Service
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Private Bag 2000
Melbourne VIC 3004