The Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS) is a joint venture of the CSIRO, Australian and Queensland Governments and James Cook University. It boasts state of the art facilities and infrastructure for specimen processing and curation, photography, pest and climate control, and field, herbarium and laboratory research.
Research at the Herbarium covers a range of topics including tropical plant and fungal taxonomy and evolution, ethnobotany, ecology, climate change studies, development of identification tools, and regional ecosystem mapping.
The ATH collection, a fully databased and representative archive of preserved plant specimens that supports the Herbarium’s research and botanical information delivery programmes, is comprised of more than 166,000 specimens that are pressed, dried and mounted on herbarium sheets held in the Collection Room, circa. 18,000 specimens that are preserved in 70% ethanol held in the Spirit Room, and 2,500 wood blocks.
Identifying plants of North Queensland
The Australian Tropical Herbarium has a set of reference specimens available to other researchers, the public and special interest groups to assist in the identification of north Queensland’s plants.
This Public Reference Collection aims to represent all the native and naturalised plant species of north Queensland. Specimens will be added and replaced to ensure the most representative and accurate selection of specimens remains available.
9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Closed on Public Holidays.
No appointment is necessary, but please ensure you register with the receptionist upon arrival.
Phone (07) 4232 1837