The SASRI Herbarium is a specialist collection of over 75 dried specimens representing genera closely related to sugarcane with a living collection of 2 659 sugarcane cultivars and sugarcane relatives, focusing on the Saccharinae. An extended living collection of over 300 species native to or naturalised in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is also available on the campus. We are estimating around 100 species of grasses on the site, which will be surveyed during flowering season.

Recent Developments

The SASRI herbarium has identified two new species within 3 years. These are Tripidium demetae and Saccharum cultum. These are contained both in the living collection and type specimen are also contained within the herbarium collection.

Tripidium demetae

Saccharum cultum

List of Specimens

Specimens text paragraph here

Molecular Taxonomist

View details

Scientist: Molecular Breeding
Keeper of the Collection

View details


list publications here