Aussies ‘too hasty’ in de­stroy­ing rare flower

New Straits Times - - World -

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian quar­an­tine of­fi­cials have ac­knowl­edged that they re­acted a bit too hastily when they de­stroyed a rare, cen­turies-old col­lec­tion of plants from France due to pa­per­work prob­lems. The Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory in Paris sent the flow­er­ing plant spec­i­mens to a re­search cen­tre in Aus­tralia’s Queens­land state. When the plants ar­rived in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary, of­fi­cials de­ter­mined that the ac­com­pa­ny­ing pa­per­work failed to com­ply with the coun­try’s no­to­ri­ously strict quar­an­tine rules.

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