See the facilities in the SAN Herbarium

This Herbarium is probably the most well-known reference facility of FRC, or even the Department. This is because the herbarium was set up way back in 1916(!). Other herbaria around the world know it as the SAN Herbarium. With its collections housed in a newly completed building, this Herbarium is among the best in

A HERBARIUM is a place where dried plants kept. The dried pieces of plants are normally leaves and flowers. However, some herbaria also keep dried fruits and seeds.


 the south-east Asian region.


What do they do here?

In a nutshell, the staff here is involved in collecting, identifying and preserving plant materials. Field collection trips are organised regularly throughout Sabah. The plant materials, mostly flowering twigs with leaves, are brought back and dried in ovens. They are then sewn (!) or pasted on special thick cardboards (called mounting boards). Later, they will be identified by our botanists and labels with the specimen details will be pasted on the boards.


Usually, there are a few copies of a specimen. So, the staff sends some of these copies to other herbaria around the world (Singapore, Bogor in Indonesia, KEW Gardens Herbarium near London, the Rijksherbarium in Holland and a few others).


Why is the SAN Herbarium very important?

This herbarium is very important because it serves as the main reference centre for the trees of Sabah. Almost all research or study concerning rain forest ecology and forestry need the names of plants. Many scientists depend on the tree identification skills of the Herbarium staff for their work. Furthermore, it has the largest collection of plant specimens in Malaysia!

See the facilities in the SAN Herbarium