Economic value of the aquatic plant Typha latifolia.

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
Authors/Creators:Barnard, James
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
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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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.

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