About the Wood Reference Collection

The Wood Reference Collection consists of 21 separate collections of wood block samples and a glass slide collection of timber microstructure sections. Together, they provide a comprehensive reference collection for Queensland timbers, some national and international timbers and their anatomical characteristics. The Wood Reference Collection is the only public collection still in use for the accurate identification of samples of wood.

It is a unique collection of mainly Queensland timbers, assembled by government botanists collecting plant materials since the 1880s. The wood collection includes 12,633 samples, representing 200 plant genera, including 9,061 samples of Queensland tree species. The microscope slide collection includes 4,703 slides of stained timber microstructure sections from 108 plant families. Each slide holds a transverse section (TS), a radial longitudinal section (RLS) and a tangential, longitudinal section (TLS) for that species.

The wood collection potentially supports requests for wood identification under the Illegal logging Prohibition Act 2012, the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012, (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources), the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and in
relation to the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act, 2015, the Queensland Biosecurity Act, 2014 and on behalf of the Queensland Police Service.

Access to the collection

Special arrangements may be made for visiting researchers and students to access the collection for research, teaching and training. Visits are arranged by contacting the Curator through the DAF Customer Service Centre by phone (13 25 23) or email (callweb@daf.qld.gov.au).