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Old 29-07-2005, 12:36 PM
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Default Wattle the Africans do now?

[Followups set to sci.bio.botany]

The wattles (_Acacia_ spp.) are sacred to the Australian public, but
were threatened with a name change because botanists had concluded
they and the African "wattles" could not co-exist in the same genus.

Following a lot of lobbying, the Spermatophyta Committee of IAPT
(International Association for Plant Taxonomy) accepted a
recommendation to conserve _Acacia_ with type species _Acacia
penninervis_ thus saving _Acacia_ for the Australian wattles.


However, this proposal needed to be endorsed by the General Committee
of IAPT and ratified at the XVII International Botanical Congress in
Vienna (17-23 July 2005).


That Congress is now over and, according to the local grapevine here
in the deep north of the deep south, the proposal was accepted.

So, the Oz wattles remain _Acacia_. But what has happened to the
African "acacias"? The message sticks with the detail have not
arrived here as yet.

Cheers, Phred.


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Old 29-07-2005, 04:01 PM
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Well the word is that Acacia is due to be split five ways


Note that there is no such thing as "the African Acacia's".
The group that now holds the type (Acacia nilotica) is spread over
America, Africa and Acia and would get the name Vachellia

I would rather wait for the dust to settle.

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