you didn't learn on your mother's knee..
Do you find yourself nodding wisely but rather vacantly when 'germplasm' and 'provenence' are popped into the conversation? Try these...
Dry sclerophyll forest: a forest dominated by hard-leafed plants, usually eucalypts (see also wet sclerophyll).
Ecotype: group of plants within a species adapted genetically to a particular habitat.
Germplasm: a form of protoplasm which is transmitted substantially unchanged from generation to generation, distinct and unaffected by the environment of the individual, a little bit like genes.
Genotype: the genetic constitution of the cells as opposed to the characteristics displayed by the organism itself (phen-otype).
Megabiodiverse: (I know the word is real - I saw it in a research paper). I presume it means really big biodiversity. Enlighten me.
Phenotype: the sum of the characteristics displayed by an organism. Organisms can have the same genotype but differing phenotypes due to environmentally induced variation.
Moiety: lovely one, this - one of two parts into which a thing is divided - used literally, in the law or when speaking of clans
Vascular plants: those which have vessels to contain or conduct fluids.
And allow me to indulge myself...
Ringer's fluid: a saline solution much used in physiological experiments for temporarily maintaining cell organs alive in vitro.
CSIRO report - Acacia
Aboriginal plant use in Central Australia by Peter Latz
A Landmark Publication for the Bushfood industry.
This colour illustrated book is the most comprehensive survey ever published of desert plants and plant use. Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Arrernte, Pintupi and many other Central Australian Aboriginal peoples have shared their knowledge with lifelong Centralian Peter Latz to produce this attractive and accessible work.
Bushfires & Bushtucker explains how the people who have lived here since the Dreamtime have done more than simply eke out an existence, they have lived a comfortable life, rich in ceremony and culture. Latz explains how the land's first inhabitants have not been passive figures in the landscape but have actively worked and changed their environment, principally by means of fire. Aboriginal management of the country has allowed people to survive and prosper, to live through the worst droughts and reap the benefits of good times.
Essential reading for those with an interest in our arid species.
483pp, hardback. $49.95
From IAD Press:
PO Box 2531
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: 088 951 1334
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