Latest Projects

The Western Australian Herbarium, a part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Science and Conservation Division, leads or collaborates in a range of projects, with the community, state or federal government agencies. Many of them adopt FloraBase as their ‘portal’ to the biodiversity information they collect and analyse. They include:

Brixton Street Field Herbarium A flora identification tool for managers of seasonal clay-based wetlands

The Brixton Street Field Herbarium project is part of the continued documentation of the flora of these critically endangered wetlands and associated woodlands. Knowledge and understanding of their exceptionally diverse flora underpins effective protection, management and restoration of seasonal wetlands.

New Plant Family Sequence

As part of the move to a new Biodiversity Science Centre, the Western Australian Herbarium rearranged its vascular plant collections. The new systematic sequence is largely based on the phylogeny of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APGIII), a global collaborative effort to better understand the relationships of plant groups.

Swan Weeds Information on the Swan Region’s major environmental weeds

Environmental weeds pose a serious threat to the rich natural biodiversity of the Swan Region in Western Australia. Swan Weeds is a database developed to provide accessible information on the most problematic environmental weeds in the region.

Swan Weeds provides web-based delivery of information on the biology and management of environmental weeds which are problematic in Western Australia, with particular emphasis on those species occurring on the Swan Coastal Plain and Darling Scarp and Plateau (the Jarrah Forest IBRA Region).

The database is a collaboration involving the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) Western Australian Herbarium, DPaW’s Urban Nature Program and the 2006–2008 Invasive Species Project administered by the Perth Region NRM (formerly the Swan Catchment Council). The latter project has been funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Natural Heritage Trust program. Production of the grass and herbaceous species management notes has been funded by DPaW as a Specific Nature Conservation Project. This forms part of a $4.75 million targeted investment by DEC over 2009–10 to implement projects for the conservation of Western Australia’s native plants, animals and ecosystems.

Marine Plants Project

The Marine Plants Project was a joint venture between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Western Australian Herbarium and Marine Conservation Branch with close collaboration from CSIRO, Murdoch University and University of WA.

The Marine Plant Project provides ready access to authoritative current names for WA’s marine flora and access to some 20,000 specimen details, including geographic localities, habitat information and, where available, images.

Electronically captured information on the State’s marine plants is integrated within FloraBase. Current names, images, descriptions and the known distribution of land vascular plants, based on WA Herbarium holdings have been available electronically through FloraBase since 1995 and descriptions of taxa are gradually being added to progress the on-line flora of Western Australia. The Marine Plant Project provides species descriptions and tools for species identification of WA’s marine plants in the same way as those progressively being made available for land vascular flora.

Past Projects