The Compositae, commonly known as daisies, is the largest of the plant families, with around 1,000 species in Australia. The family contains many genera that are economically important including lettuce, chamomile, sunflowers and other ornamental groups. They have a more or less global distribution and are an important component of arid and alpine habitats in Australia. Some common genera include Xerochrysum and Brachyscome.
Many of our specimens are over 100 years old and provide some of the first records for species in Australia.
We have now digitised all our Australian flowering plant specimens and need your help to unlock the data they hold for use by researchers around the globe.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s extensive Herbarium numbers nearly three million specimens representing half to two thirds of the world's flora. It is considered a leading botanical collection,
and every year many researchers from around the world visit to study our specimens.
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On this map you'll find all the location of transcribed records of the Compositae of Australia expedition