Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)

Herbaria in Australia and New Zealand house over seven million plant, algae and fungi specimens. Herbarium specimens are an important resource for research on the Australian flora and provide a permanent record of the occurrence of a species at a particular place and time. AVH provides access to the collecting data associated with these specimens. The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH) is an online resource that provides dynamic access to the wealth of plant specimen data held by Australian herbaria. AVH is a collaborative project of the Commonwealth, state and territory herbaria, under the auspices of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH). Herbarium specimens are accompanied by information on where and when they were collected, by whom, their current identification, and information on habitat and associated species. So far, approximately 75 per cent of the specimens housed in Australian herbaria have been databased. AVH is a dynamic resource. New specimen records are added as herbaria continue to database their ever-growing collections, and existing records are updated to reflect name changes and data validation work.
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: c479d523-62ba-4cd4-9262-de65e06735df
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Australasian Virtual Herbarium
Access Rights:
Australasian Virtual Herbarium
Chair, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
c/- Australian National Herbarium
GPO Box 1600
Canberra, ACT   2601
Collection Statistics
  • 149,865 specimen records
  • 115,468 (77%) georeferenced
  • 23,258 (16%) identified to species
  • 669 families
  • 1,843 genera
  • 2,782 species
  • 2,847 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics