Banksia rufa

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Banksia rufa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Banksia
Subgenus: Banksia subg. Banksia
Series: Banksia ser. Dryandra
Species: B. rufa
Binomial name
Banksia rufa
A.R.Mast and K.R.Thiele

Dryandra ferruginea Kippist ex Meisn.
Dryandra proteoides var. ferruginea (Kippist ex Meisn.) Benth.

Banksia rufa is a shrub endemic to Western Australia. It was first published by Carl Meissner in 1855, where it was given the name Dryandra ferruginea by Richard Kippist. The following year, Meisner published what was purportedly a distinct species, Dryandra runcinata. In 1870, George Bentham maintained D. runcinata, but demoted D. ferruginea to a variety of Banksia proteoides (King Dryandra). This stood until 1996, when Alex George restored the specific rank of D. ferruginea, and declared D. runcinata its synonym.

In 2007, all Dryandra species were transferred to Banksia by Austin Mast and Kevin Thiele. As the name Banksia ferruginea had already been published in reference to the plant now known as Pimelea ferruginea, Mast and Thiele had to choose a new specific epithet; their choice, "rufa", is from the Latin rufus ("reddish"), in references to the red-brown colour of new growth and the involucral bracts.


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