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Jeffrey Jeanes

Jeff is an Honorary Associate focusing mainly on indigenous and naturalised vascular plants of Victoria. His research interests include the...

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Collin Ahrens

Collin earned his PhD in 2011 while studying at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. There, he used mathematical models, genetic analysis...

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Wayne Gebert

Wayne Gebert is responsible for curating the vascular plant families at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). His work involves databasing...

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Helen Barnes

Helen is responsible for the curation of the vascular component of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's (MEL) collection. Her work includes...

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Elizabeth James

Conservation and ecological genetics of threatened species Reproductive biology of clonal plants, particularly polyploidy species Influence...

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Nimal Karunajeewa

Nimal Karunajeewa is responsible for curating the cryptogamic groups (bryophytes, fungi, lichens and algae) at Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Sally Stewart

Sally manages the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Library, which is located on the top floor of the National Herbarium of Victoria building....

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Pina Milne

Pina is responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of curatorial practice are employed at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL)....

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Growing Friends Cranbourne

The Growing Friends propagate a great variety Australian native plants from cuttings, divisions and seed, throughout the year. Many of...

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Global Gardens of Peace

Two of the Gardens’ best - Andrew Laidlaw and Peter Symes have put their hands up to help with an exciting project lead by humanitarian...

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Catherine Gallagher

Catherine oversees the curation officer team at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). The curation team is responsible for maintaining the...

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Tom May

Tom May has research interests in the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of larger fungi, and in related historical, bibliographic and...

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Frank Udovicic

Frank's interests centre around the phylogenetic systematics of Australian plants, in particular members of the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae),...

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Muelleria

Online access From volume 33 onwards, papers in Muelleria will be published online if they are ready for publication prior to the...

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The Board

The Board has seven members, appointed by the Governor-in-Council. Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria Members Mr Kenneth Harrison AM,...

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Roger Spencer

Roger's primary role is to oversee the taxonomy of cultivated plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, which entails curating the...

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Rob Cross

Rob Cross is Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Rob works on the development of sustainable practices in...

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David Cantrill

Research interests The history of Antarctic vegetation and, in particular, the role that Antarctica has played in developing present day...

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Volunteering

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has a large number of volunteers who donate their time, skills, expertise and energy to the organisation....

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Plant Collections

Botanic gardens hold collections of plants for scientific, educative, conservation and aesthetic purposes. They play a role helping...

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Biosecurity

Plant biosecurity guards against the risks of new outbreaks of pests, diseases and weeds at the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens....

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The Home Garden

The Home Garden seeks to emphasize the design possibilities of Australian plants while taking the visitor on a journey through Australian...

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Executive Team

Director and Chief Executive (2013) Professor Timothy J Entwisle PhD, BSc (Hons) Leads and promotes Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to...

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Foreign Fabaceae Project

Project summary The aim of the Foreign Fabaceae Project was to curate and database all specimens in the legume family Fabaceae held at the...

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Catalogue of Australian Fungi

Project summary The Interactive Catalogue of Australian Fungi (ICAF) provides the currently accepted name of species of fungi described or...

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Systematics of Acacia

Project summary Our aim is to discover the phylogenetic relationships within the Australian Acacia clade in order to produce a predictive,...

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Victorian Conservation Seedbank

The Victorian Conservation Seedbank (VCS) is situated in the National Herbarium of Victoria at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). It is...

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Collections

The Collections of the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) hold a rich resource of more than one million dried plant and fungi specimens,...

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Conservation genetics

Conservation genetics uses the principles of population genetics and conservation biology to provide tools to manage the long-term...

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Biogeography and phylogeography

Biogeography Biogeography is the study of the patterns and causes of the distribution of living things. There are a range of approaches to...

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DNA barcoding

DNA sequencing identification methods are often referred to collectively as “DNA barcoding”, and use one or several short DNA sequences...

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Systematics

Myrtaceae – gum trees, bloodwoods and relatives Myrtaceae (the myrtle family) is a primarily Southern Hemisphere family that forms a...

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Mycology

Mycology is the study of fungi. The fungi are one of the kingdoms of the natural world. Fungi include macrofungi such as mushrooms, corals,...

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Taxonomy of Thelymitra

Project summary The orchid genus Thelymitra currently consists of about 130 species. The genus occurs predominantly in Australia, where...

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Systematics of Corymbia

Project summary The genus Corymbia was erected in 1995 by Ken Hill and Lawrie Johnson (Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney) to encompass 113...

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Identifications charges

Charges The following charges apply for plant identifications provided by the Identifications Botanists at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria....

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Preparing herbarium specimens

A herbarium specimen is a pressed and/or dried sample of a plant or fungus that can be stored for future reference. The National Herbarium...

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Herbarium Discovery Walk

Opened in August 2010, the Herbarium Discovery Walk is a self-guided walk that showcases the vital work of scientists at Royal Botanic...

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Lichen collections

There are approximately 1.5 million botanical specimens from around the world housed at the National Herbarium of Victoria at Royal Botanic...

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Algae collections

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's extensive holdings at the National Herbarium of Victoria include a collection of approximately 46,000...

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About Plant Names

About plant names evolved from a regular column in Australian Horticulture written by Roger Spencer for over three decades as well as Rob...

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Fern collections

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's fern collection housed at the National Herbarium spans a collecting period of four centuries and comprises...

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Otto Sonder herbarium

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria holds approximately 1.5 million herbarium specimens housed at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Around...

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Botanical nomenclature

The formal, scientific naming of plants and certain groups of algae and fungi is known as botanical nomenclature. Botanical nomenclature is...

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Fungi collections

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has extensive holdings of fungi, with around 90,000 databased collections and several thousand more awaiting...

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Loans and exchange program

The loan and exchange of specimens between herbaria is an essential part of botanical and mycological research. Botanists or mycologists...

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Protecting the collection

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's collection of approximately 1.5 million specimens held at the National Herbarium is an invaluable...

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Databasing specimens

Herbarium specimens contain valuable information about the distribution and use of plants, and the history and practice of plant...

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Filing specimens

There are approximately 1.5 million specimens held by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria....

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Mounting specimens

Herbarium specimens comprise pressed and dried plant material and associated collecting notes. When a new specimen is accessioned into a...

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Herbarium collectors

Our task is to find, photograph and collect plant specimens at each stage of their development at Cranbourne Gardens, while ensuring...

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Botanical Fabricators

We work with fabric crafts (hand sewing, machine sewing and embroidery) using materials or designs featuring and highlighting the beauty of...

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Seed collectors

The seed collectors gather seed for the Cranbourne Gardens seed stock and for the Growing Friends nursery. Seed collecting over the last...

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Join the Friends - Cranbourne

Benefits Join the Friends and receive the following benefits: Our quarterly newsletter, Naturelink QuickLink online Discount rates for both...

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Botanical Illustrators

The Botanical Illustrators meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (February - 1st Wednesday in December) from 10am to 3pm in the...

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Filming and Photography

Applications must be received at least two weeks (10 working days) prior to the proposed date. No filming or photography is to take place...

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Terrestrial Orchids

This Collection is not available for public viewing. Plants in family Orchidaceae include some of the most beautiful and amazing plants on...

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Species Rose Collection

Lovers of the world’s most popular flower, the rose, are delighted by Melbourne Gardens collection of ‘species’ and old fashioned...

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Southern China Collection

Meander along the winding path to see the many wild collected some weird some wonderful rare and common plants from South China.

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Southern Africa Collection

The Southern Africa Collection contains a sample of a variety of plants. Southern Africa has a climate not dissimilar to Victoria’s,...

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Perennial Border

The Perennial Border is an ornamental collection, which uses a variety of plant material for a display of colour and texture.

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Palms

There are many different species of Palm in the Arecaceae family. All are easily recognised as palms by their unique foliage. Foliage is...

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Oak Collection

Melbourne Gardens features a variety of oaks from around the world. With over 40 species on display and specimens over 130 years old, this...

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Lower Yarra River Habitat

An ecological collection to display and conserve Indigenous plants from five plant communities found locally in the lower Yarra region.

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Herb Garden

A unique collection of plants useful to people: for flavoring food, as medicines, for fragrance, dyeing fabric, fibre plants, spiritual...

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Grey Garden

An ornamental collection of silver, grey and blue leaved plants thriving in a site exposed to extremes of heat and wind.

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