New scientific name revealed
Dr Barrett's research also shows that the Asian species Grewia retusifolia
is a much larger shrub and grows in a very different habitat to the Australian habitat where ‘dog’s balls’ thrives.
Being a common species in the northern Australian savanna landscape, Dr Barrett has given dog's balls the new scientific name Grewia savannicola
, which means 'savanna-dwelling'.
Dr Barrett’s research has been published in the journal Austrobaileya
with the proposed name Grewia savannicola
, alongside another new species Grewia pindanica
, which is restricted to the Broome region of Western Australia.
The paper also includes the description of a new Corchorus
species, known only from a single collection in the remote Drysdale River National Park in the north Kimberley discovered in 2014.
Record of where Grewia retusifolia occurs.