The Australian National Herbarium (CANB) provides a national focus for plant taxonomic and systematic endeavour and serves as the Commonwealth’s prime resource for botanical information. Its collections support and authenticate the taxonomy of genetic and ecological work undertaken by the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research and botanical programs of the CSIRO as well as authenticating the living and image collections and the horticultural research programs of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG).
CANB includes the collections of CSIRO Plant Industry and CBG (the former ANBG Herbarium). The amalgamation with the ANBG collection (CBG) took place in 1994 following an Agreement between CSIRO, Division of Plant Industry, and ANCA (now DSEWPaC), in November 1993 to form the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (now Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research – CANBR).
CANB was adopted as the herbarium code for the combined collections. Specimens originally from CBG will continue to be cited as CBG. The approximately 250 000 CBG specimens are included in the total for CANB.
Part of The Australian National University’s Gauba Herbarium collection (GAUBA), also sometimes known as (ANUC), is now in CANB.
The CSIRO Forestry Collection (FRI), which was mainly Eucalyptus was incorporated into CANB in 1987.
The Australian National Herbarium – Atherton, (QRS) is now part of the Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS).
Data from the collections of the Australian National Herbarium are available through the ANH website http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/anhsir) and as part of the collective Australia’s Virtual Herbarium http://www.chah.gov.au/avh/).
Statistics taken (June 2010) from:
http://www.chah.gov.au/chah/resources/herbaria/canb.html (CHAH Last updated: June 2010)
The collection was established in 1930 and continues to the present.
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- Date Published
- 31 August 2010
- Date Updated
- 26 May 2011
- Update Frequency
- Not specified
- data.gov.au Category
- Environment, Sciences
- Keywords / Tags
- algae, angiosperms, Atlas of Living Australia, dicots, fungi, gymnosperms, herbaria, herbarium, lichens, liverworts, monocots, mosses, plants, pteridophytes, wood
- Contact the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
Contributing Agency Information
- Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (View all datasets from Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research)
- Commonwealth of Australia
- Agency Program
- Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
- Temporal Coverage
- 1930 to Current
- Geospatial Coverage
- Worldwide, with a particular focus on Australia and its off-shore territories, New Guinea, and the southwestern Pacific
- Not specified