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Africa to lose all its Acacia’s

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:50 am

A very upsetting article from Kruger Park Times Volume 3 Issue 1 :evil: :cry:
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For more than two and a half centuries Africa has been home to acacia trees, but now nine people have decided for the entire world that only Australia can lay claim to the botanical name Acacia, and everyone else must now call their acacia trees something else.

The Australians, who have about 1,000 species of acacia trees that are indigenous to their continent, approached the botanical naming committee with a crafty appeal that won them the right to the genus name Acacia.
That this appeal was not well known anywhere other than Australia, is evidenced by the fact that this happened last July without causing so much as a ripple in the rest of the world’s media.
Eugene Moll, chairman of the council of the Botanical Society of South Africa, reports in Veld & Flora that the appeal was made “without much, if any official, consultation with all African, South American and Asian citizens.”
Africa will now have to call its acacias by the name Senegalia.
The decision that Australia could annex the title Acacia goes against the normal rules of taxonomy, the science that gives names to all living organisms, both alive and extinct.
In taxonomy, “the accepted rule is that the earliest published name has precedence”, but the Australians have waived this rule claiming special circumstances, despite the fact that the first named acacia was an African tree. The tree was described in 1753, and was Acacia scorpoides, now known as Acacia nilotica (scented thorn, lekkerruikpeul).

Thirty-seven taxonomists are currently appealing the decision, but the outcome is not yet known. Moll comments, “We surely cannot allow the Australians to steal the name that is as much a part of Africa as cheetah and the Big Five?”

Those wishing to object the name change can email info@botanicalsociety.org.za.
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Unread postby laserblazer » Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:31 am

For me, the acacia tree is the trademark sign of the bush and always will be.

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Unread postby bucky » Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:08 pm

For sure , there trees shoudnt be called accacias .

Theres should be called erm , pestacias :lol:

Then people will know not to plant it , thinking its 1 of our lovely local accacias .

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:13 pm

I knew this problem existed with Port, Bourbon, Champagne and certin cheeses.. but Acacias?? :shock:
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Save the African Acacia - Sign a petition

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:03 pm

What I have heard is the following. It might not be 100% correct, but it is as much as I know:

A while ago the international body which decides on scientific names decided to kill the African Acacia. In short what happened was that there was a name conflict between the Australian acacia, which we know as the wattle species, and the acacias found in Africa and Asia. It was decided that they could not share the same scientific genus name.

The international body had a meeting where basically only the one side of the debate was promoted due to technical decisions and they decided to award the name to the Australian contender. This means that all the other species will have to change their names. There will be no more Acacia karoo, Acacia tortilis, etc.

We believe that this was a wrong decision. The African acacias has the right to the name since they were the first to be described using the Acacia name. This is a basic principle in the naming process, which is being violated.

As such a petition has been started to reverse the name change and save the African Acacia.

If you agree with this and want to save the African acacia, please vote YES in this petition.

Please ask other people to support the cause!

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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:21 pm

I heard this same story in June.

What's even more ironic, is none of the Aussie acacias have thorns! :o

I also think we have more species?
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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby Micetta » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:27 pm

Acacia to me has always and only been the african acacia with its thorns and particular foliage. Voted :thumbs_up:

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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:49 pm

A friend who is a world renowned butterfly authority emailed me the same thing last night, so you can take it as true.
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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:02 pm

It actually comes from Braam van Wyk, academic and author of one of our best tree books. So yes, it is real. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby normana53 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:03 pm

I too have signed the petition. Thornless Acacia's? Even the American Acacias have thorns, So Australia gets the name and all of the others African, Asian and American get tossed in the rubbish? That is ridiculous! When I think of Acacia, a particular image comes to mind, and it isn't from Australia!

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Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:11 pm

Voted :thumbs_up:
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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:18 pm

:thumbs_up: Let Africa, Asia and America unite! :wink:

Maybe some of our Australian friends may agree ... :D

Thorns rule! :rtm:
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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby arks » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:21 pm

Imberbe wrote: :thumbs_up: Let Africa, Asia and America unite! :wink:

Maybe some of our Australian friends may agree ... :D

Thorns rule! :rtm:

:thumbs_up: Acacia is synonymous with Africa!! and I didn't even know we had American acacias :redface:
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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby Lockie » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:27 pm

I have voted :thumbs_up:
Thanks Imberbe for bringing this to our attention :clap:

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Re: Save the African Acacia

Unread postby oddesy » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:41 pm

Sometimes people do the strangest things :evil:

Thanks for letting us know imberbe :thumbs_up:
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