How Australian plants got their names

Posted by on October 28, 2011

© Courtesy of Apple IncThis week’s ‘language in new media’ post brings you a new radio fragment from ABC’s Radio Australia.

In earlier broadcasts, the origins of koala and well-known local flora, such as acacia and wattle, were explained. In this excerpt, Susan Butler, Editor of The Macquarie Dictionary, explains how Australian plants like boronia, pittosporum and melaleuca got their names.

How plants like boronia and pittosporum got their names

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