Our task is to find, photograph and collect plant specimens at each stage of their development in the RBG Cranbourne, while ensuring relevant details - such as their locations, appearance, substrate they are found on, and habitat - are recorded. These specimens are then dried and mounted for herbarium collections at the RBGC, and the National Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Anyone who is keen to participate in this very important and interesting activity is welcome to join the group. For further information contact:
T: (03) 9583 5731
When we meet
The Herbarium Collectors meet on the 1st Monday of the month from 10am to 3pm and on the second Sunday of some months (from 9am to 12pm) at the Maud Gibson Room (which is near the RBG Cranbourne Office).
The Herbarium Collectors have been concentrating on the fruit of some of our specimens, which are often the hardest to collect, because of the narrow timeframe. We have also slowly added to the orchid collection, most of which were late to flower this past year. In October, in an area known for Caladenia pusilla, we added more pink and white flowered examples, and we also found several excellent Caleana major, not previously growing in this spot. Very encouraging.
We have welcomed another photographer to our group, so that we will always have a minimum of two on collecting trips.