Science & Conservation
Herbarium Specimens & Genetic Material
We collected material from approximately 100 plant species growing in the Jurassic Garden, to contribute to the Global Genome Biodiversity Network database.
Why is a herbarium important?
Herbaria are essential for the study of plant taxonomy or systematics—the study of finding, identifying, describing, classifying, and naming plants—as well as understanding the geographic distribution of plants. Specimens in herbaria are very useful to identify plants growing here or elsewhere. Plant specimens preserved in an herbarium represent the best record of the plant’s original distribution. We can use this information to understand changes due to habitat loss, climate change or other impacts by humans.
INALA JURASSIC GARDEN
GONDWANA ON BRUNY ISLAND, TASMANIA
CONSERVING PLANT DIVERSITY
IS OUR PRIMARY FOCUS
Noah’s Ark Project
To stem the loss of biodiversity we aim to actively conserve rare and endangered plant species from Australia and other countries. We collaborate with national and international botanic organisations to grow insurance specimens of plant species endangered due to climate change, habitat loss and human impact. Visit the project links below to learn more.
The Inala Jurassic Garden, located within the Inala Nature Reserve, plays a key role in preserving plant biodiversity of Gondwana lineage. Funds generated through admission to the Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum, administered through the Inala Nature Foundation, are allocated in the following ways to support Jurassic Garden activities:
To obtain rare or endangered plant specimens with Gondwanan lineage as insurance populations
To undertake propagation trials
To enhance the Garden experience through infrastructure additions e.g. additional seating, interpretive signage
Financial donations to the Inala Foundation are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
We coordinate with many other individuals, organisations, gardens, arboretums and botanic gardens regarding information, and seed and/or plant exchange. Visit our partners and alliances page to see