Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Conservation at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens supports a living collection of around 74,000 individual plants arranged in 40 hectares of themed sections.

Collecting for our future

This collection features over 4,300 species which represent around a third of Australia’s native plants.

It is the largest scientific collection of Australian native plants in which the collection originates from plants sourced from the wild, accompanied by herbarium specimens for taxonomic study.

Researchers can use the Gardens living material or specimens from the Australian National Herbarium confident of the background provenance of the plants and their current classification and naming.

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A conservation collection has been developed at the Gardens.

This program initially focused on Australia’s rare or threatened plants, and more recently has expanded to interpretation and education programs which reflect and advance the Gardens’ commitment to its conservation role.

The collection has also moved into genetic diversity research to provide the stock needed for endangered species recovery programs.

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