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Hidden treasure: Narrogin Regional Herbarium returns to public display

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
The specimens were collected by members of Central South Naturalist Club.
Camera IconThe specimens were collected by members of Central South Naturalist Club. Credit: Daniel Rooney

The Narrogin Regional Herbarium has returned to public display after it was gifted to the Shire by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The Shire of Narrogin made the announcement on September 5.

The historical botanic specimens contained in the herbarium were collected by former members of the Central South Naturalist Club Gwen Warren, Pat Rose and Carol Taylor.

“These individuals devoted countless hours to the meticulous preparation of specimens, ensuring their lasting value for scientific research and public appreciation,” Shire of Narrogin president Leigh Ballard said.

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The Narrogin Regional Herbarium on display at the Narrogin and Dryandra Visitors Centre.
Camera IconThe Narrogin Regional Herbarium on display at the Narrogin and Dryandra Visitors Centre. Credit: Daniel Rooney

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the former members of the Central South Naturalist Club and to Greg Durrell, regional manager of DBCA, for facilitating this significant opportunity to bring the herbarium back into the public domain.”

A portion of the herbarium featuring the native wildflowers of Foxes Lair west of Narrogin can now be viewed at the Narrogin and Dryandra Visitors Centre.

Specimens on display will rotate in accordance with seasonal changes to showcase the Wheatbelt South’s diverse botanic range.

A specimen pressed more than 20 years ago.
Camera IconA specimen pressed more than 20 years ago. Credit: Daniel Rooney

When not on display people will be able to examine the herbarium’s stored specimens upon request.

“The herbarium is a beacon of knowledge and a tribute to the dedicated individuals who have made it possible,” Shire of Narrogin Community Development Officer Anna Prysiazhna said.

“Why not come and discover the wonders of Narrogin’s botanical world.”

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