The Little Book of Common Names for Tasmanian PlantsDownload the Little Book of Common Names for Tasmanian Plants
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A common name may apply to more than one species as is quite often the case when a species is split and the old common name is used for the new species as well. In some cases the same common name may apply to plants that are unrelated and do not even look similar.
The starting point for preparing this book has been that all plants deserve a common name. Almost by definition, a common name will only arise naturally for common plants not for uncommon plants that are only ever encountered or recognised by a handful of people. Other botanists feel that common names are confusing and people should be educated to use the precise scientific names.
The species listed in this checklist are in accordance with the 2005 edition of A.M. Buchanan. A Census of the Vascular Plants of Tasmania, Tasmanian Herbarium, available from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery website at www.tmag.tas.gov.au/Herbarium/Herbarium2.htm.
downloaded. When installed on your computer, it will check and correct the spelling of scientific names in your documents. It also contains all common names that the more conservative dictionaries in your computer might flag as incorrect (e.g. riceflower).
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