Plant identification 

Some references you may want to try


Landcare Research Plant names database: Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants

Photographs: New Zealand Plant Conservation Network


Formal treatments: Landcare Reseach Flora of New Zealand and nzflora


Identification programs: Landcare Research Computer Keys



Specimen records: Virtual Herbarium


Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand. Poole AL, Adams NM. 1994. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.

Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand. Eagle A. 2006. Te Papa Press, Wellington.
Buy Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand from Te Papa Store

Native Trees of New Zealand. Salmon JT. 1999. Reed Publishing.

Small-Leaved Shrubs of New Zealand. Wilson HD, Galloway T. 1993. Manuka Press, Christchurch.


New Zealand Alpine Plants. Mark AF, Adams NM. 1995. Godwit, Auckland.


Wetland Plants in New Zealand. Johnson P, Brooke P.1998. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.


An Illustrated Guide to Common Weeds of New Zealand. Third Edition. Popay I, Champion P, James T. 2010. New Zealand Plant Protection Society, Christchurch.


New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants. Brownsey P, Smith-Dodsworth J. 2000.   David Bateman Ltd., Auckland.


The Seaweeds of New Zealand. Adams NM. 1994. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch.


The Mosses of New Zealand. Beever J, Allison KW, Child J. 1996. University of Otago Press, Dunedin.


The Liverworts of New Zealand.Allison KW, Child J.1975. University of Otago Press, Dunedin.

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Enquiries & identification

Botanical enquiries include:

  • identifications
  • information about particular species in the wild or specimens in the collection
  • detailed information about the marine and land floras of New Zealand

Send your enquiry using the general enquiry form

What to send for an identification

Please include in any request for identification:

  • Detailed collection notes, including:
    • the locality where the specimen was found,
    • date when it was found,
    • name of the collector,
    • habitat,
    • any other relevant information. 
  • Either a photograph or a specimen (see below for sending a specimen)

Send your request for identification by email

Sending your specimens

Please always notify us before sending us a specimen.

You can send specimens for identification either:

  • live, within a sealed plastic bag
  • dried
  • preserved in alcohol, provided they are securely packed.

Botany Team
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable St / PO Box 467
Wellington 6140

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Research visits

Researchers are welcome to visit Te Papa and use the herbarium and its associated resources.  Visits should be arranged in advance. Specimens can be examined in the herbarium where microscopes are available for use by visitors.

Contact us to arrange a visit

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Borrowing specimens

Specimens may be borrowed by recognised botanical institutions around the world.  Individual researchers not associated with institutions may arrange to have specimens sent to their nearest herbarium for use at that institution.

Contact us to arrange a loan

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Sending Specimens - Exchanges / Donations

We accept exchanges and donations that align with our Collection Development strategy. Before sending us your plant material, please contact us first to:

1. Confirm our interest in your specimens
2. Receive documentation to ensure the smooth shipment of your specimens, where material is being sent internationally.

Contact us to arrange an exchange or donation

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