Banksia integrifolia is a species of tree that grows in Australia
between Victoria and Central Queensland. One of the most widely
distributed Banksia species, it has a broad range of habitats, from
coastal dunes to mountains. It is highly variable in form, but most
often encountered as a tree up to 25 metres (82 ft) in height. Its
leaves have dark green upper surfaces and white undersides. It is one of
the four Banksia species collected by Sir Joseph Banks in early 1770,
and one of the four species published in 1782 as Carolus Linnaeus the
Younger's original description of the genus. A hardy and versatile
garden plant, B. integrifolia is widely planted in Australian gardens.
It is a popular choice for parks and streetscapes, and has been used for
bush revegetation and stabilisation of dunes. Its hardiness has prompted
research into its suitability for use as a rootstock in the cut flower
trade, but has also caused concerns about its potential to become a weed
outside its natural habitat.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_integrifolia>
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U.S. president Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion
Act into law (cartoon pictured), implementing a ban on Chinese
immigration to the United States that remained for 61 years.
Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition: SY Aurora, anchored in
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Widerøe Flight 710 crashed into the fog-covered mountain of
Torghatten in Brønnøy, Norway, killing all 36 people on board.
British barrister Mark Saunders was shot dead by police after a
five-hour siege at his home in Chelsea, London.
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1. Not capricious or impulsive; sedate, serious, sober.
2. (rare) Always fixed in the same location; stationary.
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