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An explanation of the different fields and concepts in the herbarium specimen records.

8 comments on “Help

  • I am trying to work out what plants Hermann Beckler collected in winter June, 1861, in and around Menindee. A group of artists has collected quite a few of the October1860 plants, and painted them, but we are trying to decide whether a winter trip would be worth the effort and expense. So far I have come across two plants, more or less accidentally, Acacia Beckleri and Rodanthe moschata ( but it was also collected in October, 1860). I can get a map of Beckler’s collections by month from the Atlas, but can’t work back from that to the plant names. Can you help? Thanks for your previous help.

    • Hi Roslyn,

      Apologies for the slow reply; we missed your message among our spam alerts.
      If you do a search for Beckler as Collector in the Advanced search form, you can then use the year and month facets to limit the results to those specimen records dated June 1861:
      From there you can look at the Taxon name facets to the left of the map to see the names of the plants collected by Beckler in June 1861. Alternatively, you can download a list of all the records that match the query – or just a list of the species collected – by using the Downloads option under the Records tab.

      Feel free to email us if you need any more assistance.


  • Hi – I’ve been having trouble searching for bryophytes on AVH. Up until two weeks ago it worked very well…now when I search for some names e.g. Camptochaete excavata, the name pops up (generated by the AVH site) but the result of the search is ‘No records found’. This does not happen with all names; a search for Campylopus (genus only) produced over 2000 records, a search for Camptochaete produced none.

    Advice gratefully received!

    • Hi Andi, it’s Niels. Searching for bryophyte names has been a problem since July last year (I think), when it was decided not to default to Catalog of Life for plant names any more (I wasn’t involved in that decision). Since then the search for moss names has been very spotty, working for some names and not for others. I have very recently submitted Ausmoss to ALA; this should fix the problem. I have seen it working on an ALA test server and have been told it would be a couple of weeks before the changes will come through. So it could be any time now.

      In the meantime you can use the ‘Full text search’ (under ‘Specimen’) in the ‘Advanced search’. This uses the provided scientific name instead of the processed one, so shouldn’t have the same problems: Or just type in ‘text:Camptochaete excavata’ in the Quick search box.


  • I am trying to search for the history of the identification of Rhodanthe moschata. For example I would like to know where and when it was first collected/identified in Australia, and the history of its name changes. As I am neither a botanist nor an historian, I forsee some difficulties. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Hi Roslyn,

      Thanks for your enquiry. Looking at AVH, the earliest specimen currently identified as Rhodanthe moschata was collected in 1847 (MEL 0110646A).
      The Australian Plant Name Index provides publication details for the synonyms of Rhodanthe moschata, and will give an overview of how the different names have been used. However, it sounds like you might be interested in more detailed information about how the names have been applied, which would involve examining the identification history on individual specimens, as most herbaria only provide the most recent determination to AVH. Where the identifcation history is provided for a particular specimen, it will be listed under ‘Previous identifications’ in the record detail page.

      Good luck with your research,


  • Dear Sir, Madam
    Diuris Punctulata –

    I have seen a plant on the Boundary Creek Glen Fernaigh many years ago. It is located at least 25 km north the Ebor colony – growing on shallow loan on basalt.
    How do we go about recording this location?

    • Dear Peter,

      Australia’s Virtual Herbarium only includes records based on herbarium specimens, so we couldn’t record the location you mentioned unless a specimen of Diuris punctata from that locality was lodged in one of the herbaria that deliver specimen data to AVH. You can submit an un-vouchered, observational record of a species via the Atlas of Living Australia (see ‘Record a sighting’ under the ‘Share’ menu at the bottom of the page).

      Best wishes,


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