Botanical Resource Centre
Open Daily 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
The Botanical Resource Centre is jointly managed by the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the Friends of the Gardens and the Australian National Herbarium. It is located next to the Friends' Lounge on the Main Path in the Gardens.
It houses the Public Reference Herbarium specimens which represent the native and naturalised plants of the A.C.T., the Southern Tablelands, Australian Alps and the South Coast. This self-help collection is available for use by students, plant surveyors and people who just want to know more about plants. The plants are mounted in plastic sleeves in loose-leafed books to make them more robust for public use.
This facility also has microscopes, access to an extensive library of botanical books and two computers with interactive identification tools to some major plant groups.
The following interactive computer keys can be used on the computers in the Botanical Resource Centre:
- Families of Flowering Plants - key to the families
- Euclid - key to the eucalypts of Australia
- Wattle - key to the genus Acacia
- Australian Orchid Genera - key to the genera of Australian orchids
- The Pea Key - interactive website to identify Australia's pea flowers
- Australian Tropical Rain Forest Trees and Shrubs - tropical rainforest plants
Trained Facilitators are available by appointment. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 6250 9540 to make an appointment.
The Botanical Resource Centre is open for use seven days a week, from 9:30am - 4:30pm.
All plants in the Reference Herbarium are duplicates of specimens in the Australian National Herbarium.