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Banksia speciosa. Handsome Banksia.


Class and Order.

Tetandria Monogynia.

( Nat. Ord. - Proteaceæ. )

Generic Character.

Cal. quadripartitus (raro quadrifidus.) Stamina. apicibus concavis laciniarum immersa. Squamulæ hypogynæ 4. Ovarium biloculare, loculis monospermis. Folliculus bilocularis, ligneus: diseppimento libero, bifido. Amentum flosculorum paribus tribracteatis. Br.

Specific Character and Synonyms.

Banksia speciosa.

Banksia speciosa.; foliis linearibus pinnatidis lobis triangulari-semiovatis mucronatis subtus niveis obsolete nervosis, calycis laminis lanatis, stylo pubescente, folliculis tomntosis. Brown.

Banksia speciosa Br. Trans. Linn. Soc. v. 10. p. 210 Spreng. Syst. Veg. v. 1. p. 486. Graham in Edinb. Phil. Journ. Dec. 1830.

Descr. Trunk erect, branched: branches spreading, towards their extremities densely covered with snowy tomentum. Leaves (a foot and a half long, an inch and a half broad) scattered, linear, attenuated at the base, and very slightly so at the apex, truncated, pinnatifid, nerved and reticulated, covered on both sides when young, with short, dense, white tomentum, which is beatifully snowy below, when old, naked, bright green and shining above; segments alternate, triangular, ovate along their upper edge, mucronate, the mucro projecting forwards. Spike (four inches and a half long, three inches and a half broad to the extre-