New England Banksia, a new species


This video about plants is called Australian Natives By Susan Brown Photography.

From ScienceDaily:

New England Banksia‘ a Distinct Species, Botany Student Shows

(Aug. 28, 2012) — The New England Banksia is largely restricted to the eastern edge of the New England Tableland, and is common in places along Waterfall Way. Ms Stimpson’s research has raised this flowering plant, until now classified as a variety of the Hairpin Banksia (B. spinulosa), to the taxonomic level of a distinct species.

The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys.

“I love the Proteaceae — the family of flowering plants that includes the Banksia and Grevillea genera in Australia and Protea in South Africa,” Ms Stimpson said. “Surprisingly, molecular evidence in recent years has shown the family’s closest relatives are the Sacred Lotus and the plane trees. Species of Banksia survive in poor soil and still manage to produce marvellous flowers.”

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