Duboisia pituri: a natural history

Keogh, Luke (2011) Duboisia pituri: a natural history. Historical Records of Australian Science, 22 2: 199-214. doi:10.1071/HR11008

Author Keogh, Luke
Title Duboisia pituri: a natural history
Journal name Historical Records of Australian Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0727-3061
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/HR11008
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 199
End page 214
Total pages 16
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the 1870s, an intense quest revealed to scientists that pituri, an important Aboriginal commodity, was sourced from the plant Duboisia hopwoodii—a shrub named after a well-known colonist. But it was Aboriginal people and white explorer-pastoralists from the Mulligan River region in far western Queensland who provided the samples and alerted scientists to the important chemical properties of pituri. Subsequently, there was a proposal to change the name of the plant to Duboisia pituri. Whom should the plant have been named after, the colonist or the Aborigine?
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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