Trip report: Truganina Explosives Reserve, Altona, Victoria

Subject: Trip report: Truganina Explosives Reserve, Altona, Victoria
From: Lorraine <>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 07:02:06 +1100

Lawrie's email prompted me to raise something I've wondered about for a while. Why is it that plant people talk in Latin and bird people don't? If I'm walking in the bush with a plant friend I can say "Isn't that a great melanoxylon" or "I see a pedunculata" and she understands me. The implied 'Acacia' or ''Pterostylis respectively is unnecessary, and we don't need to use the common names of Blackwood Wattle or Maroonhood Orchid. And I'm just an amateur at all this plant stuff. But when I'm with my bird watching friends we only use common names. Why is this?

Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa

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