Vanuatu National Herbarium (PVNH)

The herbarium has more than 18,000 specimens with about 11,000 records databased. The main collections come from Aneityum, Tanna, Erromango, Efate, Santo, Malakula, Ambrym and Vanua lava islands. Specimens collected before 1971 are disseminated in overseas herbaria such as Bishop Museum in Hawaii, Victoria USA, Brisbane, and Kew in England, Netherlands and Museum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. With an assistance of IRD (Institute de recherché et du development) from New Caledonia and a contribution of the Department of Forestry, the herbarium has been relocated in a new Forestry office with new cabinetry and air conditioning to accommodate specimens.

Contacts: Chanel Sam, Curator,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 January 2016
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Forestry Department, Vanuatu National Herbarium
Access Rights: not-for-profit use only
Collection Statistics
  • 9,435 specimen records
  • 0 georeferenced
  • 3,837 (41%) identified to species
  • 185 families
  • 489 genera
  • 580 species
  • 580 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics