Western Australia has an exceptionally rich array of biota, ecosystems and habitats. Over 12,500 kinds of vascular plant have been discovered in the state's 2.5 million square kilometres and more than 60 per cent of the species are endemic to WA. The south western part of the state is internationally recognised for its flowering plant diversity. This province alone is home to over 7,000 kinds of vascular plant.
The Western Australian Herbarium is a part of the Department of Environment and Conservation, staff contact details are also available. It is responsible for the description and documentation of Western Australia's botanical species diversity.
The WA Herbarium and associated regional herbaria together form a unique, dynamic, state-wide team which gathers, manages, researches and communicates information on the geography, systematics and biology of our unique and precious flora on behalf of all members of the Western Australian community.
In doing so it plays a vital role in a national and international network of herbaria and allied biodiversity conservation agencies.
Collecting and providing specimens to the Herbarium
The Herbarium has published several articles describing how to collect a specimen and provide it to the Herbarium for future reference. The articles are:
- How to Collect Herbarium Specimens
- Herbarium Collecting Sheet
- Western Australian Herbarium Specimen Lodgement Guidelines
- Western Australian Herbarium Acquisition Policy
Volunteering Opportunities at the Herbarium
The Herbarium has published an article on our volunteering program:
- Western Australian Herbarium Identification Service
- PERTH Integrated Pest Management Plan
- Western Australian Herbarium Visitor Information
- Western Australian Herbarium Visitor Access Registration Form
- Reference Herbarium User Guide