University of South Pacific (Fiji) (SUVA)

The South Pacific Regional Herbarium (SPRH) was established in 1993 by the Fiji Department of Agriculture and was then known as the Fiji Herbarium (Suva). The University of the South Pacific (USP), through theInstitute of Applied Sciences, assumed responsibility for the maintenance and administration of the facility in 1982. It currently houses more than 40,000 vascular plant specimens in the main collection. It also has a wet collection of plant parts, bryophytes and algae from the Pacific region. The SPRH serve the member countries of the USP which consists of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshalls Islands, Nauru, Niue,Niue, Solomon Island, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The SPRH serves as a very important resource in matters pertaining to the taxonomy, conservation and ecology of plants, forestry, land use planning, economic plants and weed problems in the region. As a member of an international network of herbaria, the SPRH participates in programs with other international herbaria to maintain collections of botanical plants specimens for study by both local and international botanists and scientists working in associated fields.

Contacts: Marika Tuiwawa,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 January 2016
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of South Pacific
Access Rights: not-for-profit use only
South Pacific Regional Herbarium Unit
Institute of Applied Science Faculty of Science and Technology
University of South Pacific
Laucala Campus
+679 32 32970
Collection Statistics
  • 23,137 specimen records
  • 0 georeferenced
  • 143 (0.62%) identified to species
  • 199 families
  • 32 genera
  • 30 species
  • 30 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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