[Daily article] August 16: Banksia scabrella

Banksia scabrella, commonly known as the Burma Road banksia, is a
species of woody shrub in the genus Banksia. It is classified in the
series Abietinae, a group of several species of shrubs with small round
or oval flower spikes. It occurs in several isolated populations south
of Geraldton, Western Australia; the largest is south and east of Mount
Adams. Found on sandy soils in heathland or shrubland, it grows to 2 m
(7 ft) high and 3 m (10 ft) across with fine needle-like leaves.
Appearing in spring and summer, the flower spikes are tan to cream with
purple styles. B. scabrella is killed by fire and regenerates by seed.
Originally collected in 1966, it was one of several species previously
considered to be forms of Banksia sphaerocarpa, before it was finally
described by banksia expert Alex George in his 1981 revision of the
genus. Like many members of the Abietinae, it is rarely seen in
cultivation, but has been described as having horticultural potential.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1513:

War of the League of Cambrai: King Henry VIII of England and
his Imperial allies defeated French cavalry, who were then forced to
retreat.

1819:

Fifteen people were killed and 400–700 others were injured
when cavalry charged into a crowd gathered at St Peter’s Field,
Manchester, England, to demand the reform of parliamentary
representation.

1891:

The San Sebastian Church in Manila, the only all-steel church
in Asia, was officially consecrated.

1946:

A day of widespread riot and manslaughter between Hindus and
Muslims took place in the city of Calcutta as a result of the Muslim
League’s call for an independent Pakistan.

1977:

Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock and Roll”, was officially
pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,
after he was found unresponsive on the floor of his Graceland bathroom.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

funemployed:
(neologism) In a state of enjoyable unemployment.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  It is a sad thing when men have neither enough intelligence to
speak well, nor enough sense to hold their tongues; this is the root of
all impertinence.  
–Jean de La Bruyère

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