Plant Identification Service

In addition to the Public Reference Collection, the ATH offers a range of botanical information services, including our plant identification service. A fee may be levied for these services. A Botanical Information Request Form can be downloaded here or obtained from the receptionist. For plant identification requests, a completed form must be left with the specimen(s) to be identified.

Schedule of Charges

GST is added to the amounts detailed below. A 60% surcharge is added for urgent requests.




Plant identification service


Ad hoc plant identification services for non-commercial enquiries by members of the general public and amateur organisations.

Up to 6 specimens per individual per year after which commercial fees apply.

Commercial Plant identification service

$160.00 / hour (standard rate)

$80.00 / hour (reduced rate)

Minimum charge of 1 hour

Standard rates apply to plant identification services for commercial enquiries;

Reduced rates may be applied at the discretion of the Director (generally where specimens were collected as part of a collaborative project with the ATH).

General botanical information services


Information services for members of the general public and amateur organisations where the service requires less than one hour.

Professional botanical information services

$75.00 to $150.00 / hour depending on the complexity

Minimum charge of 3 hours

Professional botanical information services including literature searches, data queries, data entry, taxonomic and nomenclature validity checks, proofreading of botanical manuscripts.

Data provision

$80.00 (small search)

$160.00 (large search)

In addition to the search fee a charge of $1.10 per specimen record will be charged.

Botanical Consulting Fee

$150.00 to $200.00 / hour depending on the complexity of the consultancy

Minimum charge of 3 hours