Otago Regional Herbarium

The Otago Regional Herbarium is a herbarium based at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand. It has the herbarium code OTA. It has 72,000 items, making it the second largest herbarium in the South Island.

Otago Regional Herbarium
Established1946 (1946)
AddressBotany Department, University of Otago, 464 Great King Street, Dunedin
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The herbarium was established in 1946 by botanist Geoff Baylis.[1] As of 2020, the vascular plant, bryophyte and lichen collection is curated by Janice Lord, and the fungal and slime mold collection by David Orlovich.[2]


The collection includes more than 120 type specimens. There are approximately 15,000 lichen accessions, circa 10,000 bryophyte accessions, 3000 algae accessions and approximately 44,000 vascular plant accessions. The specimens are not yet fully databased.[3][2]

The lichen collection includes many type specimens described by David Galloway for the Flora of New Zealand – Lichens volume.[2] The lichen collection is considered to be of national significance, as it incorporates the Thompson collection (3500 South Island lichen specimens) and the Murray collection (c. 3000 specimens, mainly South Island, collected by James Murray (1923–1961) who is considered New Zealand's first modern lichenologist).[4][2][5]

Professor Alan Mark contributed many of the specimens of alpine flora in the vascular plant collection.[2]

The herbarium also houses the collection and voucher specimens belonging to botanical illustrator Audrey Eagle, used to illustrate the two volumes of Eagle's Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand.[6]


  1. ^ A. E. Wright (April 1984). "New Zealand herbarium resources". New Zealand Journal of Botany. 22 (2): 323–335. doi:10.1080/0028825X.1984.10425261. ISSN 0028-825X. Wikidata Q104450639.
  2. ^ a b c d e Department of Botany. "Facilities". www.otago.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 27 November 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Bryophyte collections in New Zealand". New Zealand Journal of Botany. 9 (4): 699–710. December 1971. doi:10.1080/0028825X.1971.10430233. ISSN 0028-825X. Wikidata Q104450658.
  4. ^ "Herbarium details: University of Otago Herbarium (OTA)". www.nzherbaria.org.nz. Archived from the original on 19 January 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  5. ^ David John Galloway (20 February 2015). "Contributions to a history of New Zealand lichenology 5*. James Murray (1923–1961)". Phytotaxa. 198 (1): 1. doi:10.11646/PHYTOTAXA.198.1.1. ISSN 1179-3155. Wikidata Q54801859.
  6. ^ University of Otago (1 May 2013). "Otago honours leading botanical artist Audrey Eagle". University of Otago. Archived from the original on 27 October 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.

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