Science and Conservation

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We are currently upgrading our website and rebuilding our scientific resources.  We will have an improved experience available in the coming weeks.

If you would like to access issues of our research journal, Muelleria, the back catalogue can be found online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library or email the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Library at

For other queries please email or call 03 9252 2300.



Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a leading plant science organisation specialising in biodiversity and conservation research, as well as the provision of a variety of information and identification services for plants and fungi.

The National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is home to the State Botanical Collection, an internationally significant collection of dried plant specimens and an extensive botanical library.

Much of the institution's research underpins a range of conservation and biodiversity management initiatives in both natural areas and in urban and suburban environments. Our herbarium resources also provide a valuable resource for scientists nationally and internationally.

Herbarium and Resources

The more than 1.5 million dried plant and fungi collections housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are an invaluable resource for scientists, land managers and historians.

The Herbarium also houses an extensive botanical library and archive, and a collection of botanical art. Visits to the Herbarium and Library are by appointment only. For more information about loans, appointments and detailed specimen data or images, please contact us. To make an appointment to access the Library, please contact the Librarian. 

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides a variety of information and identification services for plants and fungi, including on-line checklists of Victorian plants and Australian mosses.


Scientific research at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria supports a range of conservation and sustainability initiatives, including the propagation of endangered native orchids and the Victorian Conservation Seedbank. Our scientists are also at the front line in identifying new weeds. Our scientists play a key role in discovering and naming plants (taxonomy) and in resolving their relationships and evolutionary history (systematics).

Our research also includes:

  • Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Mycology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • DNA Barcoding
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography
  • Victorian Conservation Seedbank

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