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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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Filming and Photography

Media Filming by media does not incur any costs. However, the Communications and Media team requires as much notice and information as...

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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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Fern Gully

The Fern Gully demonstrates a range of fern species typical of cool forests of Australasia that will grow well in Melbourne’s climate.

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Eucalypts

Corymbia and Eucalypts are closely related evergreen trees, many of which are native to Australia. Corymbia were previously categorized as...

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Cycad Collection

Living fossils, ancient survivors from the age of dinosaurs, at home in a modern landscape.

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Camellia Collection

Melbourne Gardens’ world-acclaimed Camellia Collection is at its breathtaking best in winter. These are evergreen plants, blooming...

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Australian Forest Walk

The Australian Forest Walk focuses on displaying a range of Australian forest species from impressive forest giants to middle- and...

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Taxonomy

The origins of taxonomy The Swedish scientist, Carl (or Carolus) Linnaeus is generally regarded as the originator of the system on which...

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Identification Services

Plant Identification and Information Service The Identifications and Information Service is housed in the National Herbarium building, on...

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Library

Using the Library The Library is open to the public by appointment only and students are encouraged to exhaust all other resources before...

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National Herbarium of Victoria

State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium The State Botanical Collection at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria comprises a...

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Herbarium and Resources

The more than 1.5 million dried plant and fungi collections housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Online Databases

Australia's Virtual Herbarium (AVH) Australia's major state and territory herbaria house over six million plant, algae and fungi specimens....

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Scientific Publications

Scientists at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria publish journal articles, books and online resources in the areas of taxonomy, systematics,...

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Science and Conservation

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a leading plant science organisation focussing on the streams of biodiversity and conservation research,...

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Garden Highlights

Immerse yourself in one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and be inspired by the stunning Australian Garden. Viewing...

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Fauna

Cranbourne Gardens supports a diverse native animal population. The most commonly seen animals include the Southern Brown Bandicoot...

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Woodland Picnic Area

The Woodland Picnic Area is a fantastic bushland space for families and community groups. The Picnic Area is approx 400 metres from the car...

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Bushland

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and is home to an...

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Australian Garden

The Australian Garden is an inspiring and immersive display of Australian flora, landscapes, art and architecture. Set across 15 hectares,...

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Getting here

Directions to Cranbourne Gardens Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne, (off South Gippsland Highway). Melway Ref: 133 K10 Royal...

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School Partnership Program

School partnership programs generate opportunities for long term, ongoing learning experiences for schools. Participating students and...

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