Banksia lemanniana, the yellow lantern banksia, is a species of woody
shrub of the family Proteaceae native to Western Australia. It generally
grows as an open shrub or small tree up to five metres (15 ft) high
with stiff serrated leaves, and unusual hanging flower clusters.
Flowering occurs over summer, the greenish buds developing into oval
flower spikes before turning grey and developing the characteristic
large woody follicles. It occurs within and just east of the Fitzgerald
River National Park on the southern coast of the state. B. lemanniana is
killed by bushfire and regenerates from seed. First described by Swiss
botanist Carl Meissner in 1856, it was named in honour of English
botanist Charles Morgan Lemann. Unlike many Western Australian banksias,
it appears to have some resistance to dieback from the soil-borne water
mould Phytophthora cinnamomi, and is one of the easier Western
Australian species to grow in cultivation.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_lemanniana>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The English warship Mary Rose sank just outside Portsmouth
during the Battle of the Solent; it was not rediscovered until 1971.
The two-day Women's Rights Convention, the first women's rights
and feminist convention held in the United States, opened in Seneca
Falls, New York.
A car bomb killed anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino and five
policemen in Palermo, Italy, less than two months after the murder of
Borsellino's friend and colleague Giovanni Falcone.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(originally US, idiomatic) A big job; a difficult challenge.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Buddy, you're a young man, hard man Shouting in the street,
gonna take on the world someday You got blood on your face, you big
disgrace Waving your banner all over the place We will, we will rock
you, sing it! We will, we will rock you, yeah.