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Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research

Public Lecture Series

Wednesday 7 August:

What’s Its Name?

Why plants change their name - blame the botanists!

Plant names are the means by which we communicate about plants, whether in our gardens or in the bush around us. All plants have a scientific name that uniquely identifies them, but sometimes these names change. This presentation explores the way in which we use scientific names, the reasons names change, how you can keep informed of these changes and what they mean. Recent name changes in the paper daisies, orchids, eucalypts (gum trees), acacias (wattles) and Sturt's Desert Pea will be discussed and explained, along with other insights into the world of plant names.

The lecture slides from the What's Its Name presentation are available here.



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