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Eucalyptus ambigua is not the correct name for the Smithton Peppermint of Tasmania


de Salas, MF and Gray, AM, Eucalyptus ambigua is not the correct name for the Smithton Peppermint of Tasmania, Muelleria, 33 pp. 67-73. ISSN 0077-1813 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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The name Eucalyptus ambigua DC. has been suggested as the correct name for a Tasmanian endemic eucalypt, the Smithton Peppermint (herein referred to as E. nitida Hook.f.), based on the non-glaucous character of the type specimen. However, the type of E. ambigua is inconsistent with other specimens of E. nitida housed at the Tasmanian Herbarium, as its fruit is outside the range of sizes observed on E. nitida. Its fruit size, non-glaucous character and provenance suggest the strong possibility that E. ambigua represents a hybrid or clinal form involving E. tenuiramis Miq. and E. nitida. Given the high level of uncertainty in determining its exact identity, E. ambigua should not be considered an older name for the Smithton Peppermint.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fruit size, hybridisation in eucalypts, taxonomy
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Plant and fungus systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:de Salas, MF (Dr Miguel de Salas)
ID Code:118029
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2017-06-30
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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