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myrtillus is derived from Latin myrteus (of the myrtle) meaning 'small myrtle'. [See Vaccinium myrtillus.]

montanus is derived from Latin mons (mountain) meaning 'of or from mountains'. [See Ranunculus montanus.]

muricatus means 'sharp-spined or with roughened surface with hard points'. [See Ranunculus muricatus.]

manglesii commemorates an amateur naturalist and plant collector, Captain James Mangles (1788-1867). His cousin, Lady Stirling, was wife of the Governor in Western Australia in the early decades of the 1800s. Among the other settlers in the new colony were the Molloys and she became aware that Georgiana Molloy (1805-1843) was attempting to ease the tribulations of the hard pioneering life by gardening and expanding her appreciation and knowledge of native Australian plants. In 1836, in order to encourage her in these pursuits, Lady Stirling wrote to Captain Mangles and persuaded him to write and ask Georgiana to collect seeds and send them to him. This led to correspondence between them over five years (most of it preserved today) and during that period Mangles received (in London) seeds collected by Georgiana and her neighbours and local friends, accompanied by her precise written descriptions and pressed flowers (all very carefully packaged). Captain Mangles distributed the seeds to English botanical gardens, to celebrated private gardeners such as Joseph Paxton (1801-1865) and John Lindley (1799-1865), and to his brother, Robert. His many introductions to England included pink sunray (Rhodanthe manglesii).


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