Global Plants Initiative

Project summary

The Global Plants Initiative project is a world-wide scientific database hosted by JSTOR

As part of this global initiative, the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) has digitised Australian and foreign type specimens, enabling online access to scientists to easily view and compare many fragile and historically significant specimens as well as more recent contemporary specimens. To date 21,339 type specimens have been digitised as part of this project and 20,434 are now available on JSTOR.

This project is auspiced by the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH).

Project team

  • Angharad Johnson (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne)
  • Pina Milne (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne)
  • Niels Klazenga (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne)
  • Alison Vaughan (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne)
  • Rita Macheda (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, 2013–2014)
  • Taryn Ellis (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, 2011–2013)
  • Erin Batty (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, 2011–2012)


  • The W. Andrew Mellon Foundation
  • Atlas of Living Australia