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Introduction

  • The first step to conserve the Hong Kong flora is to study and understand them.
  • What is a Herbarium?
A herbarium is a collection of plant specimens that usually have been dried and pressed, carefully mounted on sheets of quality paper, identified and labelled with important information about them, and stored and arranged on shelves in cabinets in the sequence of an accepted classification. These specimens are the key to our knowledge of plants and serve as a permanent reference to the diversity of plants and for other scientific studies. They also serve as a definitive reference for the identification and correct naming of newly collected plants. Herbarium collections have been built up over the years by the efforts of numerous botanists and plant collectors. In short, a herbarium is analogous to a library of carefully preserved plants where the specimens themselves and the labels associated with them provide invaluable information for scientific studies.
  • The Hong Kong Herbarium managed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is responsible for the systematic collection, identification and curation of specimens representative of the Hong Kong flora.
  • It plays a significant role in supporting studies on taxonomy, ecology and conservation of the Hong Kong flora.
  • In addition to a collection of plant specimens, the Herbarium is also equipped with a library to support its function.
  • The Herbarium also maintains a web-site (http://www.herbarium.gov.hk), providing information on local plants.
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The Hong Kong Herbarium

The Hong Kong Herbarium

  • The Hong Kong Herbarium was established in 1878 and is the most comprehensive herbarium in Hong Kong. There are approximate 43 000 plant specimens for examination.

  • The collection includes vascular plants collected mainly in Hong Kong, Southern China and other countries of Southeast Asia. The arrangement of the plant specimens of the families of the ferns (Pteridophytes) follows the system of R.C. Ching in 1978; those of the naked-seed plants (Gymnosperms) follows that of Kubitzki in 1990; and those of the flowering plants (Angiosperms) follows the system of Cronquist in 1988.

  • Within the collections, there are more than 200 type specimens(the specimens which were described and used for the designation of new species) making the Herbarium regionally important.

 
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Hong Kong Plant Database

  • Hong Kong Plant Database provides information and images about the plants of Hong Kong (including the native and exotic species that have been recorded in Hong Kong), based primarily on the specimen records of the Hong Kong Herbarium.

  • In this release (2.0), the following information of each selected plant species is provided when available:

圖:Camellia hongkongensis 香港茶
Camellia hongkongensis

Camellia hongkongensis

  • Colour Photographs: more than 6000 images are provided and are constantly being updated; and

  • Species Information : Scientific Name, Synonym(s), Common Name(s), Chinese Name(s), Plant Family Name, Habit, Flowering Period, Fruiting Period, whether it is a native plant to Hong Kong, whether it is listed under the Forestry Regulations, Forests and Countryside Ordinance (Chapter 96 sub. leg.) and whether it is scheduled under Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance (Chapter 586) of more than 3300 plant species

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The Services of the Hong Kong Herbarium

  • Check List of Hong Kong Plants
    The Herbarium provides assistance on matters related to plant taxonomy and responds to enquiry on Hong Kong Flora to government departments, researchers, students and other members of the public.

  • The Herbarium is also responsible for compilation of the Check List of Hong Kong Plants at regular intervals.

  • Interested persons are welcome to visit the Herbarium or read the reference books kept at the Herbarium library, and, by prior appointments, study the specimen collection (Rules for using Herbarium Collections). Group visits to the Herbarium can also be arranged by appointment.

Rules for Using the Herbarium Collection

  • Plant taxonomists, professional botanists and other accredited research workers will be able to make use of the Herbarium reference and specimens collections with prior arrangement with the Herbarium staff.

  • Other visitors including students of tertiary institutions, school teachers, and workers from other related organizations, will be given access to the books in the reference library. However, they may use the Herbarium specimens only with prior arrangement and with the supervision of Herbarium staff. A letter from their organisation summarizing the background of the project and purpose of using the herbarium specimens should be produced.

  • Photography of herbarium specimens could be made only by appointment and prior permission from the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation should be sought.

  • Specimens must be handled with great care. The Herbarium staff reserves the right to deny any access to herbarium specimens to those who do not properly handle the herbarium specimens.

  • Specimens must be kept inside the Herbarium specimen room.

  • Fresh plant specimens must be treated before they are brought into the Herbarium specimen room.


圖:Camellia hongkongensis 香港茶 Location :
  Room 737,
7/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices,
303 Cheung Sha Wan Road,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
   
  Opening Hours :
 
Weekdays : 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays : Closed
   
  Contact Us :
 
Telephone No. : (852) 2150 6900
E-mail : herbarium@afcd.gov.hk
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Last Review Date : 03 April 2014