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Scope

The National Forestry Herbarium (NZFRI) specialises in cultivated tree species associated with forestry and amenity planting, and includes extensive collections of eucalyptus and pine species. It also contains a wide range of New Zealand native and naturalised plants, and is the regional herbarium for the Bay of Plenty and central North Island of New Zealand.

Founded in 1945, the collection focus has been on plants significant to plantation and indigenous forests in New Zealand. The herbarium is increasing its specimens of woody trees and shrubs in New Zealand as part of its emphasis to support the Biosecurity High Risk Site Assessments.

Eucalypts and conifers together comprise approximately 23% of the collection. Of the 3,200 conifer specimens ca. 30% are pines. There is a good coverage of cultivated species of eucalypts, with more than 2800 specimens, representing ca. 360 species. Other plantation tree species are well represented and there are specimens of forest trees from Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Mexico.

There is a small collection of plant specimens from a "buried forest" site at Pureora, central North Island, where the plants were preserved in a wetland from the time of the Taupo eruption of ca. AD 130.


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The team

buys_matt.jpg Curator: Matt Buys

Miller_Elizabeth.jpg Assistant Curator: Elizabeth Miller

hurren_wendy.jpg Herbarium technician: Wendy Hurren

Hobbs_John.jpg Honorary Associate: John Hobbs

Loans & Visitors

Loans
The National Forestry Herbarium participates in a loan programme with herbaria listed in Index Herbariorum. Specimens are loaned for the purpose of taxonomic research. Those wishing to loan specimens from the National Forestry Herbarium must abide by the herbarium's loan conditions. Researchers are encouraged to make use of our online loan system.

Visitors
The National Forestry Herbarium is a PC 1 Containment Facility and therefore not open to the public. Access for bona fide researchers is by prior arrangement with the curator only.

Hours
9am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday, closed on public holidays.

Information services

The National Forestry Herbarium provides a range of information services to the forestry community, researchers and the public. These services include:

  • Identification of tree species that occur in New Zealand, especially eucalypts and conifers.
  • Provision of botanical information from the herbarium database.
  • Permanent storage and databasing of voucher specimens for forest biodiversity studies.
  • Identification of native and exotic plants from the Bay of Plenty.

Plant identifications
The better the samples we receive, the better we can identify a plant. Good samples usually imply fertile material (i.e. more than just branches and leaves) possessing reproductive parts like cones or flowers and fruits/capsules. If you wish to have a tree identified, it is recommended that you provide us with material that contains:

  • A shoot at least 20 cm long with attached leaves.
  • Cones or flowers and fruit, including seeds.
  • A small sample of bark.
  • A description of the tree in terms of shape and height.
  • Photographs of the tree, especially the bark.

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Eucalypts and Pines can be particularly challenging to identify and the following set of characters will assist greatly:

Pines Eucalypts
  • Shoot with needles (leaves)attached.
  • Leaf buds.
  • Two or three mature cones.
  • A small piece of bark.
  • Flower buds.
  • Mature seed capsules attached to shoots.
  • Mature and juvenile leaves.
  • Bark.
  • Notes on whether the bark changes in colour or texture, and if so, how far up the tree.

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Plant identifications cost $40 (GST included) per specimen. Send plant material sealed in a bag with your contact details either via mail to:
Herbarium Curator, National Forestry Herbarium, Scion, Private Bag 3020, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand

or via courier to:
Herbarium Curator, National Forestry Herbarium, Scion, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

Bay of Plenty Plants

Introduction

The National Forestry Herbarium, situated in the heartland of the Bay of Plenty (BOP) region, also fulfils a role in servicing public agencies, private companies and individuals in terms of documenting and identifying the regional flora. The National Forestry Herbarium has embarked upon a project entitled "Bay of Plenty Plants (BoPP)" with the ultimate aim of compiling a conspectus for the region.

Geographic extent

For the purposes of BoPP, we follow Beadel et al. (2010) and define the Bay of Plenty based on the boundaries of 16 Ecological Districts (ED), namely: Te Aroha, Mayor Island, Motiti, Tauranga, Otanewainuku, Rotorua Lakes, White Island, Te Teko, Taneatua, Opotiki, Kaingaroa, Whirinaki, Ikawhenua, Waimana, Waioeka and Motu.

Essentially, the BOP borders take on the form of an inverted triangle. The region stretches from the southern reaches of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North West to Cape Runaway in the North East and is home to about 260 km of open coastline and incorporates several large islands. Flanked by the Kaimai-Mamaku ranges to the west, and the Raukumara and Huiarau Ranges to the east, the BOP region extends some 140 km south towards the interior as far as the Kaimanawa Range.

Current Checklist

Checklists are by their nature out-dated as soon as they have been printed, whereas online checklist incorporate nomenclatural and taxonomic changes as soon as they have been entered into a database. Consult the NZFRI database and filter for BOP in the LOCALITY field for the latest version of the checklist. Ecological Districts are currently recorded in the HABITAT field.

Under-collected areas

As pointed out by Buys (2012), although plant lists have been a popular way of documenting the occurrence of species in the BOP, they represent unvouchered observations and can therefore not be verified. When it comes to vouchered specimens, large tracts of the BOP remain under represented in NZFRI and we aim to address this over the next couple of years by targetting unvouchered species reported as observations in species lists in the BOP. Collection wishlists for each ED have been compiled by comparing existing vouchers in the NZFRI collection with the lists in Beadel et al. (2010).

Collection wishlists per Ecological District in the BOP

Te Aroha Mayor Island Motiti Tauranga
Otanewainuku Rotorua Lakes White Island Te Teko
Taneatua Opotiki Kaingaroa Whirinaki
Ikawhenua Waimana  Waioeka Motu

How you can help

Vouchering species per ED in the BOP is a large undertaking and we encourage anyone interested in assisting in filling the gaps in our BoPP collection to contact us. Apart from the wishlists above, we offer on our Utilities page Google Earth KMZ files for the Ecological District boundaries, pro forma blank field note templates and BRAHMS template files to assist any collecting effort.

Selected BoPP references

Adams, J. 1885. On the botany of Te Aroha Mountain. Transactions of New Zealand Institute 17: 275-287.

Allan, H.H. & Dalrymple, K.W. 1925. Ferns and flowering plants of Mayor Island, N.Z. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 56: 34-36.

Atkinson, I. & Percy, C. 1956. An account of the vegetation of Mayor Island. Tane 7: 29-34.

Beadel, S., Ecroyd, C., de Lange, P., Cashmore, P., Shaw, W. & Crump, S. 2009. Checklist of indigenous and naturalised vascular plants in the Bay of Plenty . Rotorua Botanical Society, Rotorua.

Buys, M.H. 2012. Under-collected areas in the Bay of Plenty. Rotorua Botanical Society Newsletter 59: 23-34.

Clarkson, B.D.S., Smale, M.C. & Ecroyd, C.E. 1991. Botany of Rotorua . Forest Research Institute, Rotorua.

Ecroyd, C.E.; Clarkson, B.D. & Wilcox, M.D. 1990. An annotated list of vascular plants in the Rotorua Lakes Ecological District. Rotorua Botanical Society Special Issue No. 1: 1-69.

Heginbotham, M. & Esler, A.E. 1985. Wild vascular plants of the Opotiki-East Cape region, North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 23: 379-406.

Oliver, W.R.B. 1915. The vegetation of White Island, New Zealand. Journal of the Linnaean Society of London, Botany 43:  41-44.

Identification keys

Interactive keys

World   Key Description
The Families of Flowering Plants deltlogo.gif Families of flowering plants. Watson & Dallwitz (1992 onwards).   
Gymnosperm families deltlogo.gif Gymnosperm families. Watson & Dallwitz (2008 onwards)
Grassbase
deltlogo.gif Kew. GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora. Clayton et al. (2006 onwards).
Genera of Lamiaceae
lucid.jpg Kew. Interactive key to the genera of Lamiaceae (Davies, Bramley & Kirkup).
     
New Zealand    
Cortaderia Keybase.gif SCION. Species of Cortaderia.
Paulownia Keybase.gif SCION. Species of Paulownia.
Pinus lucid.jpg SCION. Cultivated Pines of New Zealand.
Interactive keys to plants lucid.jpg Landcare. Intercative keys to: Coprosma, Grasses of NZ, Native orchids, Flowering plant Genera, Weed species of NZ, amongst others.

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Utilities

Utility Description
MAPPING  
Google Earth NZ Land Districts

New Zealand Land Districts. Land Districts are used to populate the MINOR COUNTRY field in the NZFRI database.
Google Earth NZ Ecological Districts
New Zealand Ecological districts incorporating the subdivision of Northland as first informally proposed by Brook (1996) and later published by Booth (2005).
Google Earth BoPP Ecological Districts
Ecological Districts making up the Bay of Plenty Plants (BoPP) region.
NZ map reference converter Easily convert any NZ map grid to lat/long or vise versa.
DIVA-GIS Free GIS software.
   
BRAHMS  
BRAHMS Software Download your own personal copy of BRAHMS.
NZFRI RDE template


Rapid Data Entry file for BRAHMS formatted to NZFRI specifications. Enables easy and fast data entery (via BRAHMS) and ultimate transfer to NZFRI database.
NZFRI RDE template fields NZFRI RDE template field descriptions/explanations.
NZFRI custom lookup file


NZFRI Custom lookup file, including  NZ ecological districts and ecological regions (for use in linked file fields ECO_DISTRI and ECO_REGION, respectively), amongst others.

NZFRI Database

The National Forestry Herbarium is fully databased, but not all collections have been georeferenced or imaged. All new accessions since 2012 have been georeferenced and imaged. We are georeferencing and imaging older collections, prioritising online loan requests and species of Myrtaceae at present.

Use Explore for full text, map and image searching — or quick search specimens by one of the fields below.

Search by any text in taxa name

Search by barcode number
Format: space between NZFRI and number e.g. "NZFRI 12345"

Search by collection year

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Physical Address
49 Sala Street
Rotorua
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Private Bag 3020
Rotorua 3046
New Zealand

Phone: +64 7 343 5609
Fax: +64 7 348 0952
herbarium@scionresearch.com



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The National Forestry Herbarium online database is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

How to cite this dataset:
National Forestry Herbarium, Scion. 2016. NZFRI online database dataset. nzfri.scionresearch.com, accessed on [date].

Last update:
The National Forestry Herbarium website and online database was updated on 5 November 2016.


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