New Zealand Virtual Herbarium (NZVH)

New Zealand’s herbaria house over one million specimens of plant, algae and fungi. The collecting information stored with these specimens provides an important picture of the distribution of New Zealand’s flora. The New Zealand Virtual Herbarium (NZVH) is an online resource that provides immediate access to this invaluable information. The New Zealand Virtual Herbarium (NZVH) is an on-line botanical information resource accessible via the internet. It provides access to a wealth of data associated with the scientific collections of plant and fungi specimens kept by New Zealand's herbaria. These data are of particular value for establishing the verified geographic distribution of plants and fungi in New Zealand. The NZVH is a collaborative project involving 11 herbaria in New Zealand, developed under the auspices of the New Zealand National Herbarium Network. Collection data will be added progressively to the NZVH. Databasing and verification are the responsibility of individual herbaria and are progressing at different rates as resources permit. About 650,000 specimens are currently databased, and the number is increasing all the time.
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 April 2016
Usage Rights: CC0 1.0 (Public-domain)
Rights Holder: New Zealand Virtual Herbarium
Access Rights: not-for-profit use only
Collection Statistics:
  • 36,197 specimen records
  • 13,379 (37%) georeferenced
  • 14,887 (41%) identified to species
  • 349 families
  • 1,373 genera
  • 2,456 species
  • 2,499 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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