Citizen Science at the University of Melbourne Herbarium

The University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU) is currently hosting a Citizen Science expedition entitled Monocotyledons of the Burnley Horticultural College Collection. The expedition can be accessed on the Atlas of Living Australia DigiVol platform.

Volunteers are being sought to transcribe the label data of four hundred and sixty-five herbarium specimens that were collected by the faculty and students of the University of Melbourne Burnley campus. The specimens include horticultural, agricultural, weed and native species of the orders Asparagales and Liliales, and include many orchid specimens. The Burnley campus dates back to 1861 when the Horticulture Society of Victoria established experimental gardens on the site. These specimens are now housed in the University of Melbourne Herbarium.

Help us unlock the diversity that has been hidden away in the Burnley Horticultural College Collection by digitising the data associated with these specimens. In this way the collection will be made available to a global public via the University of Melbourne Herbarium Online Collection and The Australasian Virtual Herbarium.

The Monocotyledons of the Burnley Horticultural College Collection expedition was launched on 24 June and will run until the labels of all specimens have been transcribed.

A specimen of Stypandra glauca that will be digitised as part of the Monocotyledons of the Burnley Horticultural College Collection expedition

Image: A specimen of Stypandra glauca that will be digitised as part of the Monocotyledons of the Burnley Horticultural College Collection expedition