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Economic value of the aquatic plant Typha latifolia.


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Barnard, James (1882) Economic value of the aquatic plant Typha latifolia. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 163-167.

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Actuated by a philanthropic spirit, Signor C. A. de Goyzueta, Italian Consul at Melbourne, recently addressed a communication to the Government of Tasmania in reference to this aquatic plant, and dwelling upon certain valuable properties which it possesses. With his communication giving further particulars, Signor De Goyzueta transmitted a packet of the seed of the plant, and also a sample of the buoyant mattress. The former was at once sent to the Superintendent of the Royal Society's Gardens, as recommended, with the view of trying " whether the climate and soil are favourable to the propagation of the plant ;" and it is believed, however, that we possess in the seed of the Tasmanian Typha, whatever be its specific distinction, an equivalent material, and distributed in abundance throughout the marshes and river banks of the island, that will equally fulfil the same purpose. Samples of each sort have been submitted to the Government Analyst, Mr. W. F. Ward, with a view of testing their respective qualities and properties, and that gentleman has pronounced their physical characters to be almost identical, there being only a minute difference in their specific gravity, the Tasmanian seed being very slightly heavier, probably to be accounted for by the Italian species having been submitted to a cleansing process previous to manufacture into mattresses whereby all the denser particles have been eliminated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 163-167
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: 02 Dec 2012 23:05
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
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