Herbarium details: Herbarium, Unitech

Address:

School of Natural Sciences
Unitec
Private Bag 92025
Auckland
New Zealand

Phone:

+64 9 815 4321 ext 7208

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Location

Building 23, off Carrington Rd , Mt Albert, Auckland

Background

Foundation

2001

Status

The herbarium is part of, and administered by, the School of Natural Sciences at Unitec

Functions

To provide reference material for teaching in resource and environmental management, horticulture and landscape programmes.  To support research in these areas.

Scope of Collections

Cultivated and adventive plants with a particular focus on amenity plants, named cultivars, crop plants and weeds.  The indigenous flora is also collected with particular emphasis on the Auckland region.  Lichens are a focus, with collections mainly from the upper North Island.

Number of Collections

 

Estimated breakdown of the known number of specimens:

Angiosperms 1005
Gymnosperms 141
Pteridophytes 109
Mosses 131
Liverworts 67
Lichens 969
Algae 18
Fungi 6
Total 2446

Computerisation

93% databased using Filemaker Pro.

Important collections

No historic collections or type specimens are held at this herbarium.

Major collectors represented in the herbarium are: D. J. Blanchon, C. Ferkins, L. Haines, C. Lockett, J. Margetts, J. Nicholson and S. Wake.

Ancillary Collections

Seeds samples c. 120, some plant fossils, reference collection of spores of the New Zealand ferns and fern allies (M. F. Large).

Staff and Research

Herbarium Curator: Carol Lockett (Lichens)
Herbarium Keeper: Dr Dan Blanchon (Iridaceae, lichens)
Database Manager: Mel Galbraith

Associated Research
Dr Dan Blanchon (Libertia, Ramalina, Usnea)
Dr Mark Large (ferns, palynology, biogeography)
Rick Kooperberg (lichens)
Brian Quinn (Carnivorous plants, lichens)
Jan Weaver (Libertia)
Carol Lockett (lichens of Tiritiri Matangi island)