Wilson’s Promontory virtual herbarium launched

July 15 / 161

Blue Squiill (Chamaescilla corymbosa) specimen and image from the Wilsons Promontory Virtual Herbarium. Photo at right (detail): David Meagher
Blue Squiill (Chamaescilla corymbosa) specimen and image from the Wilsons Promontory Virtual Herbarium. Photo at right (detail): David Meagher

 

The University of Melbourne Herbarium has launched a virtual herbarium of plant and algal species of Victoria’s much-loved Wilson’s Promontory.

 

Publicly accessible online, the Wilsons Promontory Virtual Herbarium (WPVH) provides access to almost 500 taxa from 124 families, complete with images, distribution information, links to further information and maps.

 

Plants and algae are listed according to families and species, and searches can be made according to various features, including name, flower colour and habitat.

 

It’s expected the virtual herbarium will be used by field naturalists, researchers and students, but the general public is invited to browse this significant collection.

 

The Wilsons Promontory Virtual Herbarium (WPVH) project features specimens collected from 1959 to 1974 by the University’s staff and students, including internationally renowned botanists and ecologists and members of the McCoy Society.

 

Herbarium Curator, Dr Gill Brown said this is the first online identification tool for the plants of Wilson’s Promontory.

 

“We hope it will also highlight herbarium collections that are often not seen by the public despite being an essential resource for researchers and land managers," she said.

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