Recognisable as Victoria's Floral emblem, Common Heath's ( Epacris impressa ) first specimen was actually sourced from Tasmania in 1793—along with thousands of other cuttings—by Jacques-Julien de Labillardiere the naturalist aboard Bruni d'Entrecasteaux's expedition of 1791–94 tasked with finding the missing explorer La Perouse.
However, as we've noted in the past, his exhaustive collection was seized by the Dutch in Java during the Napoleonic Wars and disparagingly obtained by the British thereafter. Though fortunately for Labillardiere, his friendship with the English naturalist Sir Joseph Banks proved invaluable—with Banks being widely recognised and respected for never examining the freshly collected and undefined specimens—rather, returning them as received and proclaiming: 'science should rise above political differences'; hence, it wasn’t until 1805 that Labillardiere officially described Epacris impressa.
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