Grootfontein Herbarium

Founded in 1925 the Grootfontein herbarium today houses more than 6 000 specimens of more than 1 000 plant species.  Since the establishment of GADI, the Herbarium formed an integral part of the students and scientists reference base for the identification of plants in the Eastern and Northern Cape.  The herbarium at Grootfontein is one of the very few herbaria in the Karoo and Northern Cape Province and by law invested in the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) it can never be closed as it has existed for more than 60 years.  One of the most famous international ecologists, who contributed largely to the specimens in the Herbarium, was John Acocks, who compiled the first vegetation map of South Africa.

Note:  The identification of some of the plants on this site is not 100% certain.  Any comments will be highly appreciated.  Please contact Loraine van den Berg