F.M. Bailey's ascent of Mt Bellenden-Ker in 1889, and notes on the publication priority of new vascular plant species from the expedition

Dowe, John Leslie, and Broughton, Alan D. (2007) F.M. Bailey's ascent of Mt Bellenden-Ker in 1889, and notes on the publication priority of new vascular plant species from the expedition. Austrobaileya, 7 (3). pp. 555-566.

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Abstract

One of F.M.Bailey’s most productive collecting and taxonomic periods resulted from his participation in Archibald Meston’s Government Scientific Expedition in 1889 to the Bellenden-Ker Range in northeast Queensland (White 1950; Hall 1978; Sanderson 2007), with almost 100 new taxa being described, mostly by Bailey himself. Bailey was one of two scientists on the Expedition, the other being zoologist Kendall Broadbent, a collector for the Queensland Museum. The Expedition departed Cairns on June 14, 1889, and during the ensuing 67 days, ascended Mt Bellenden-Ker [with a brief climb by Meston to the summit of Mt Bartle Frere (20–23 July)], as well as exploring the Mulgrave River, Harvey Creek, and Russell River areas. The Expedition returned to Cairns on August 19, 1889. As an introduction to the taxonomic assessment, and to place in context the collection localities, this paper examined Meston’s accounts and provides the most likely route that was taken by Bailey in his ascent and descent of Mt Bellenden-Ker. Some comments on the vegetation, as described by Meston, are also provided. In addition to the higher plants and ferns which are discussed here, Bailey (1890b, 1891) prepared lists of the fungi, mosses, liverworts and lichens collected during the Bellenden-Ker Expedition, but aspects regarding the publication priority of these taxa are beyond the scope of this paper. With regard to the route and itinerary, only the ascent and descent of Mt Bellenden- Ker, which occupied the period 15 June to 17 July, is examined here in detail. However, the assessment of Bailey’s taxonomic accounts deals with the entire Expedition.

Item ID: 2763
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: F.M. Bailey; Bellenden-Ker botany; Queensland flora; A Meston; publication priority; taxonomy
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ISSN: 0155-4131
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009 01:10
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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