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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of May, 1876

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Royal Society of Tasmania, (1876) Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of May, 1876. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 9-14.

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Abstract

The monthly evening meeting was held on Tuesday, the 9th May, His Excellency the Governor, President, in the chair. Mr. Stephens observed that there had hitherto been some doubt as to the species of Athrotaxis which furnished the timber known on the North Coast under the name of "pencil cedar," as distinguished from other "red pine," 'but it now appeared tolerably certain that it was obtained from A. cupressiformis, the smaller of the two trees. The logs from which these specimens were cut were from the neighbourhood of Middlesex Plains, and both trees are sparingly distributed in other parts of the North at an elevation of from 1,000 to 3,000 feet. Mr. Ronald Gunn had kindly furnished specimens of the foliage of both species. The red pine of Port Davey had been shown by Mr. J. R. Scott to be Athrotaxis selaginoides. His Excellency remarked that the collection of Algae (presentation No. 7) by Mrs. Meredith was an exact illustration of a subject he had referred to in his inaugural address, to wit the aid which may be rendered to science by careful collectors. His Excellency, the President, in reference to observations made by him in the inaugural address he had delivered at last meeting, desired to state that Mr. Abbott had been so good as to point out to him that he had been mistaken in supposing that the seeds of inferior varieties of Eucalypti were likely to be passed off on seedsmen or buyers as the seeds of the Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus. Mr. F. Abbott, jun., then read the following remarks: "Notes on Eucalyptus globulus (Blue Gum of Tasmania), compiled for the purpose of showing the improbability of spurious seed being supplied from Tasmania. The Rev. J. E. Tenison Woods, after a few prefatory remarks as to the importance of the collections of tertiary fossils made by Mr. R. M. Johnston, read a paper on the anatomy and physiology of some Tasmanian Patellidae. The paper was illustrated by many microscopical specimens and preparations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 9-14
Additional Information: In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 01:31
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/15372
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