Herbarium details: HD Gordon Herbarium (WELTU)
School of Biological Sciences,
+ 64 4 721 000 ext. 8134, 8201 or 5207
Fifth floor, New Kirk Building, Kelburn Parade, Wellington.
A University established with its own Act of Parliament and funded by the state. The herbarium is housed and curated by the School of Biological Sciences of the University. It is named after the late Professor H.D. Gordon, head of Botany Department from 1947 to 1977.
The herbarium is used for plant identification, as a teaching aid in botany and ecology courses, and for research.
Scope of Collections
The herbarium consists largely of indigenous specimens but also includes an adventive collection of angiosperms and gymnosperms (c. 500) and overseas collections of angiosperms (c. 1000 Myrtaceae).
Coverage of the indigenous vascular flora is fairly comprehensive, with specimens of most species that occur in the New Zealand botanical region. The indigenous collection is geographically strongest from the southern half of the North Island and the northern South Island (c. 1800 vascular plant specimens from NW Nelson). Overseas collections have come mainly from New Caledonia. Types held in the herbarium include two holotypes (Seimatosporium leptospermi Bagnall et Sheridan, and Zygogynum vinkii F.B. Sampson), and a few isotypes.
Number of Collections
Estimated breakdown of the known number of specimens:
|Angiosperms and Gymnosperms||12 000|
There are currently no plans to database the herbarium.
The H.D. Gordon Herbarium contains duplicate collections (all of vascular plants) of New Zealand botanists, of which the following are the largest: B.C. Aston (c. 70), H. Carse (c. 150), T.F. Cheeseman (c. 300), W.R.B. Oliver (c. 100), D. Petrie (c. 400).
Major overseas collection: Pacific capsular Myrtaceae (c. 1000 specimens, various collectors).
Reference collection of New Zealand pollen and spores (microscope slides).
Staff and Research
Curator: Prof Phil Garnock–Jones