Tasmanian eucalypts

Rodway, Leonard 1917 , 'Tasmanian eucalypts' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 10-20 .

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There are about twenty-two, more or less unstable,
forms of Eucalypts native of Tasmania which, may be regarded
as distinct species. The variations of some of
these are very puzzling to the student, and have been responsible
for much confusion. Some of the species respond
profoundly to change of conditions, especially soil.
Hybridisation is fairly common with many species, and is
responsible for some temporary confusion, and perhaps permanent
change. There is a further evolution progressing in
response to internal and unknown causes, not in the small
fluctuating variation present in the offspring of every
organism, but in sudden mutation. With some of our
species, especially Blue Peppermint, from seed carefully
gathered off the one tree, it is common to find conspicuous
distinction of form amongst the offspring. There is a
large field of research in all three forms of variability
open to the student; very little has been done, and we
shall not properly understand the limitation of species
until it is.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rodway, Leonard
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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