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Notes on Tasmanian lichens

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:11 authored by John Shirley
During my visit to Tasmania in January last, to attend the annual meeting of the Australasian Association at Hobart, I took such opportunities as offered themselves to make a collection of the lichens of the island ; and hearing from Mr. W. A. Weymouth that he had a small collection of these lowly yet lovely plants, I was kindly permitted to look through his gatherings, and to select some 40 specimens of such as appeared rare and worthy of microscopic examination. The examination of a lichen in all its parts by the aid of a microscope is a work requiring considerable time and patience but a still more time-consuming labour is the examination of the multitudinous and fragmentary works on lichenology, which must be undertaken when a species is believed to be new to science. Every care has been taken, but should an older and more experienced lichenologist detect errors in my work, then " Magna est veritas et prevalebit.''


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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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