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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Wattle, from and Old English word indicating a 'bandage' is a form of building construction using interwoven slender branches, withys or reeds, reminiscent of basketry from willow wands; wattle also refers to the material (rods, branches, reeds) used in such construction; the word also refers to a fleshy skin depending from the head or neck of an animal (a dewlap). Wattle is also, for some reason, the common name for various trees in the genus Acacia, primarily in Australia, where it is the largest genus of vascular plants. Acacia pycnantha is the floral emblem of that country (after WIII); see grid; see trellis.

Acacia decurrens, 'Green Wattle' the var. mollis 'Black Wattle,' A. pubescens 'Hairy Wattle', A. longifolia 'Sydney Golden Wattle.' (Bailey 1938), some species are especially useful for tanning and material for axe handles, bullock yokes (Uphof).

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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