100px|A specimen of Adenanthos obovatus photographed in Big Grove,
Adenanthos obovatus is a shrub of the Proteaceae family endemic to
Southwest Australia. It grows as a many-stemmed spreading bush up to
1 m (3 ft) high, and about 1.5 m (5 ft) across, with fine bright green
foliage. Made up of single red flowers, the inflorescences appear from
April to December, and peak in spring (August to October). The shrub
grows on sandy soils in seasonally wet lowland areas as well as hills
and dunes. It regenerates after bushfire by resprouting from its
underground lignotuber. Pollinators include honeyeaters, particularly
the Western Spinebill, which can access the nectar with its long curved
bill, and the Silvereye, which punctures the flower tube. The most
commonly cultivated Adenanthos species in Australia, it has a long
flowering period and attracts honeyeaters to the garden. It is
harvested for the cut flower industry. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Pope Innocent VIII issued the papal bull Summis desiderantes
affectibus, giving Dominican Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer explicit
authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany.
Fire engulfed the Brooklyn Theater in Brooklyn, New York, killing at
least 278 people, mostly due to smoke inhalation.
Flight 19, a squadron of five U.S. naval TBF Avenger torpedo bombers,
disappeared in the area now known as the Bermuda Triangle.
The "Great Smog" began in London and lasted for five days, causing
12,000 deaths and leading to the Clean Air Act 1956.
Gough Whitlam took office as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia and
formed a duumvirate with his deputy Lance Barnard, ending 23 years of
Liberal-Country Party government.
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