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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of July, 1877

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The monthly evening meeting of the Society was held on Tuesday, 10th July. His Excellency the Governor was in the chair.
His Excellency, after referring to a former communication he had made to the Society as to the value of a new article of fodder—the pods of the Prosopis pubescens, or Screw Bean—laid on the table some further information on the subject by an employee at the Cinchona Plantation, Jamaica.
From this it appeared that, on one occasion, when a horse had eaten a pound of the pods he was found dead on the morning of the third day afterwards, the impression being that the death was due to some poisonous property in the bean. It was, therefore, evident that as a fodder the bean should be very cautiously tried. And caution was the more necessary as it was well known in Jamaica that the pods of another species of the same genus- Prosopis juliflora—though "a valuable fodder," was apt, especially after rain, to produce intestinal disturbances, and in some cases death. As far as the seed which had been distributed by him was concerned, no harm could possibly have been done, as it had quite failed (as far as he was aware) to germinate, vitality having apparently been destroyed by weevil.
The Hon. Secretary read a paper "On the Hobart Town Storage Reservoir," by T. Stephens, Esq., F.G.S. The Rev. W. W. Spicer, M.A., F.R.M.S., read a paper "On Plants as Insect Destroyers."


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Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania



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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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