Laburnum, Native, n. the Tasmanian Clover-tree Goodenia lotifolia, Sal., N.O. Leguminosœ.
Laburnum, Sea-coast, n. also called Golden Chain, Sophora tomentosa, Linn., N.O. Leguminosœ; a tall, hoary shrub.
Lace-bark, Lacey-bark, or Lacewood, n. names for Ribbonwood (q.v.). The inner bark of the tree is like fine lace.
1876. W. N. Blair, ‘Transactions of New Zealand Institute,’ vol. IX. art. x. p. 175:
“Ribbonwood, Plagianthus betulinus, botanical name, Hooker; Whauwhi, Maori name, according to Hector; lace-bark tree, settlers' name, according to Buchanan.”
1882. T. H. Potts, ‘Out in the Open’:
“The soft, bright-foliaged ribbonwood (lace-bark, Plagianthus) contrasts with the dusky hue of the darkleaved fagus.”
Lace-Lizard, n. Hydrosaurus (Varanus) varius. See Goanna.
1881. F. McCoy, ‘Prodomus of the Natural History of Victoria,’ Dec. 4:
“Although the present Lace Lizard is generally arboreal, climbing the forest trees with ease, and running well on the ground, it can swim nearly as well as a Crocodile.”
Lagorchestes, n. the scientific name for a genus of Australian marsupial mammals, called the Hare-Wallabies or Hare-Kangaroos (q.v.). (Grk. λαγώς, a hare, and ὀρχεστής, a dancer.) They live on plains, and make a “form” in the herbage like the hare, which they resemble.
Lagostrophus, n. the scientific name of the genus containing the animal called the Banded-Wallaby. (Grk. λαγώς, a hare, and στρώφος, a band or zone.) Its colour is a greyish-brown, with black and white bands, its distinguishing characteristic. It is sometimes called the Banded-Kangaroo, and is found at Dirk Hartog's Island, and on one or two islands in Shark's Bay, and in West Australia.