'These princely plants': Ferdinand Mueller and the naming of Australasian palms

Dowe, John Leslie, and Maroske, Sara (2016) 'These princely plants': Ferdinand Mueller and the naming of Australasian palms. Historical Records of Australian Science, 27 (1). pp. 13-27.

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Abstract

Ferdinand Mueller named 19 new palm taxa (Arecaceae; nom. cons.: Palmae) between 1865 and 1892. Extolling the 'princely' character of palms, Mueller named nine taxa for British royalty and nobility; six for botanists and scientists, most of whom had made contributions to palm taxonomy; two for government officials, both of whom were in government at the time that the taxa were described; and two for the physical character of the taxa. This paper examines the eponyms used by Mueller for his new palm taxa, and discusses potential reward and support through eponymous dedication.

Item ID: 45528
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-5508
Keywords: Arecaceae, awards and honours, botany, eponyms, Ferdinand Mueller, palms, Palmae, royalty and nobility, systematics, taxonomy
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 07:37
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960803 Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna @ 50%
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