Proposed name changes to Acacia

Discussion in 'Plants: Nomenclature and Taxonomy' started by Daniel Mosquin, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Proposed name changes to Acacia by Bruce Maslin of the Department of Conservation and Land Management, Perth, Western Australia, discusses a conservative approach to the impending nomenclatural shift surrounding Acacia and related genera.

    If the suggestions put forth by Bruce Maslin and colleagues are not followed, almost a fifth of Australia's species of vascular plants (nearly 1000 species) will need to be renamed - a large task, with many ramifications.

    What I also find interesting is that the story's introduction mentions that discussion about the name changes is mentioned in the popular press (the Sydney Morning Herald). While I hope a name change that affected 20% of Canada's flora would merit a mention in newspapers, I wouldn't wager any money on it.

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