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Notes on a new Tasmanian plant of the order Burmanniaceae


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von Mueller, Ferdinand (1890) Notes on a new Tasmanian plant of the order Burmanniaceae. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 232-235. ISSN 0080-4703

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In the early part of November 1890 my attention was
directed, by a letter from Mr. L. Rodway, of Hobart, to his discovery of a remarkable plant, parasitic on the extreme roots of
Aster argophyllus, and from his notes it was evident that this
plant would at all events be new for the records of the indigenous
vegetation of Tasmania. But as the plant was of fugitive
growth and deliquescent structure, no specimens were in the
first instance secured or preserved.
more specimen being procured, well developed, and another
bearing an unexpanded flower. Much to my astonishment
I perceived that this long hidden floral treasure was a species
of Thismia, of which genus (in its widest sense) as yet some
few species are known from southern continental Asia,
Ceylon, the Sunda-Islands, New Guinea and tropical South
America. On careful dissection the Tasmanian congener
proved very distinct from all others.
Includes detailled description of plant- THISMIA Rodwayi.
(Bagnisia Rodwayi, F. v.M., m.s.c.) along with plates.
Soon after this was written, several more specin1ens of the
Thismia were found by Mr. Rodway and kindly transmitted.
to me; they came from the lower portion of the eastern slope
of Mount Wellington.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 232-235
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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: 15 Jul 2013 02:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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