[Daily article] September 11: Banksia coccinea

Banksia coccinea, commonly known as the scarlet banksia, is an erect
shrub or small tree in the family Proteaceae. It grows along the
southern coast of Western Australia on white or grey sand in shrubland,
heath or open woodland. Reaching up to 8 m (26 ft) in height, it is a
single-stemmed plant with oblong leaves. The prominent red and white
flower spikes appear mainly in the spring. As they age they develop
small follicles that store seeds until opened by bushfire. Though widely
occurring, it is highly sensitive to dieback, and large populations of
plants have succumbed to the disease. It was first collected and
described by Robert Brown in the early 19th century. The flowers attract
nectar- and insect-feeding birds, particularly honeyeaters, and a
variety of insects. A popular garden plant and one of the most important
Banksia species for the cut flower industry, it is grown commercially in
Australia, South Africa, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and
Israel. In cultivation, it grows well in a sunny location on well-
drained soil, but cannot survive in areas with humid or wet summers.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1226:

The Catholic practice of Eucharistic adoration among lay people
formally began in Avignon, France.

1789:

Alexander Hamilton, co-writer of the Federalist Papers, became
the first US Secretary of the Treasury.

1893:

On the opening day of the first Parliament of the World’s
Religions in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda introduced Hinduism to the
United States.

1945:

The Japanese-run camp at Batu Lintang, Sarawak, in Borneo was
liberated by the Australian 9th Division, averting the planned massacre
of its 2,000-plus Allied POWs and civilian internees by four days.

1973:

A coup d’état in Chile led by General Augusto Pinochet
overthrew the government of President Salvador Allende and established a
junta.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

remembrance:
1. The act of remembering; a holding in mind, or bringing to mind;
recollection.
2. The state of being remembered, or held in mind; memory, recollection.
3. Something remembered; a person or thing kept in memory.
4. That which serves to keep in or bring to mind; a memento, a memorial, a
souvenir, a token; a memorandum or note of something to be remembered.
5. The power of remembering; the reach of personal knowledge; the period
over which one’s memory extends.
6. (obsolete) Something to be remembered; an admonition, counsel,
instruction.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Terrorists will never be able to defeat the United States. Their
only hope is to terrorize us into changing who we are or our way of
life. That’s why we Americans will never give in to fear. And it’s
why this weekend we remember the true spirit of 9/11. We’re still the
America of heroes who ran into harm’s way; of ordinary folks who took
down the hijackers; of families who turned their pain into hope. We are
still the America that looks out for one another, bound by our shared
belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. In
the face of terrorism, how we respond matters. We cannot give in to
those who would divide us. We cannot react in ways that erode the fabric
of our society. Because it’s our diversity, our welcoming of all
talent, our treating of everybody fairly — no matter their race,
gender, ethnicity, or faith — that’s part of what makes our country
great. It’s what makes us resilient. And if we stay true to those
values, we’ll uphold the legacy of those we’ve lost, and keep our
nation strong and free. God bless you, and God bless the United States
of America.  
–Barack Obama

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