About the Collection Online

The University of Melbourne Herbarium Collection Online was developed by the staff and students of the University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU) to enable public access to our growing collection of high-resolution images of herbarium specimens.

The imaging infrastructure and protocols for the generation of digital images of type specimens at MELU was supported by the Journal Storage Global Plants Initiative (JSTOR GPI), with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Atlas of Living Australia, in an initiative administered by Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria. Imaging of Eucalyptus specimens was undertaken with support of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust in 2012 and imaging of Fabaceae specimens was made possible through the support of Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) in 2015.

When the University of Melbourne Herbarium Collection Online was launched in late 2018 it provided access to 22,620 specimens and 8,957 high-resolution images. The Collection Online is constantly being updated, with new specimen records and images added as the result of digitisation initiatives by staff, students, and volunteers working in the University of Melbourne Herbarium. The software and servers on which the data portal is based are managed by Science IT, Faculty of Science and virtual servers, storage, and asset management platforms are contributed by Research Computing Services, Infrastructure Services of University of Melbourne.


We would like to acknowledge The Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund, Eucalypt Australia, and the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria for making this project possible.

Photographic contributors: Alison Kellow, Daniel Ohlsen, David Meagher, Emily Green, Erin Batty, Freya Thomas, Gill Brown, Heroen Verbruggen, Kate Bennetts, Kelly McBrady, Lorraine Norden, Margaret Rowe, Mike Bayly, Mary Ellis, Roger Farrow, Ruby Wilson, and Will Neal.

Project Team

For further information or requests for additional functionality please contact us.