Talk:Banksia ericifolia

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Giant Candles[edit]

The giant candles articls has

  • It is a hybrid between the Gosford form of B. ericifolia (Heath-leaved Banksia) and a form of B. spinulosa var. spinulosa.

where as this article has

  • Hybrids with Banksia spinulosa have been recorded in the wild. Banksia "Giant Candles" was a chance garden hybrid between B. ericifolia and B. cunninghamii.

Can I assume the GC article is right? Gnangarra 07:45, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Good on you for cross-checking these things. GC has a reference for the claim, so stick with GC until a contradictory reference comes to light. Hesperian 12:03, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
I've actually spoken with Russell Costin in the past - it may well be a cultivated plant of the gosford B ericifolia but the latter on the GC site is true, except that B spin cunninghamii is the parent. cheers Cas Liber 12:35, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
I wonder if we can cite this as "Costin, Russell, pers. comm.. I've done this before, at Exhumation of Yagan's head. But this stick is stuck deeper in the mud these days. Hesperian 12:50, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Suggest you need to revise the word "entire" in "Thus the species with entire leaf margins was given the specific name ericaefolia, from the Latin erica, meaning "heather", and folium, meaning "leaf"." Hesperian 05:57, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Woops! cheers, Cas Liber | talk | contribs 06:41, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

taxobox image[edit]

What would you think of using Image:Banksia ericifolia cult email.jpg in the taxobox? It does have the advantage of showing both flowers and leaves in a nice composition.Circeus 16:45, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Funny you should mention this as I was just looking at the image yesterday and musing on whether there was a more appropriate one. I have uploaded a bunch of 'em. Yey. cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 20:21, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Banksia cunninghamii? Consistency please?[edit]

At least try to be consistent between this article and Banksia spinulosa... Circeus 03:58, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

Done. cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 04:04, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

Working towards FA[edit]

for some reason this one rather than Banksia spinulosa I feel is coming together more easily for a punt at FA (am waiting for Hesperian's call on Banksia telmatiaea too), but there's oodles of interesting studies on this plant. Anyway my first dilemma is the cultivar section, currently listy. Do folks think ok as is with copyediting and expanding or better in a few cohesive paragraphs with bolded names? cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 02:55, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Taxonomy: Isostylis[edit]

Maybe it should be mentioned in Taxonomy of Banksia that Britten suggested that Isostylis be the new name, and in both places that this would have been a homonym of Isostylis (R.Br.) Spach 1846? I don't know whether that was part of the reason to reject that challenge, though. Circeus 15:46, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

I'm not sure I fully understand what's going on here. If you do, then go for it. Hesperian 02:07, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Banksia ericifolia[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Banksia ericifolia's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "George 1999":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 00:09, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Picture of the whole bush?[edit]

Most of the pictures on the article as of now are details of the odd coloured bits. None give an idea of the impression the whole bush gives. Is it shaped more like a juniper or like a pine? What does the landscape around it look like? What grows near it? Anyone have any pictures like that?--Atkinson (talk) 10:20, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Ugly[edit]

Why is this wikipedia article of the day? This plant is FUGLY. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.7.50.120 (talk) 04:50, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

I disagree. Casliber (talk · contribs) 05:58, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Ok, we'll make sure the feature article has prettier flowers in it next time.. I think Australia Day was the motivation behind this anyway, as Joseph Banks was a passenger on the first fleet. There are better looking banksias out there though; the Waratah is typically more emblamatic.211.30.122.32 (talk) 21:56, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Oh, I think it is ugly, in the most fascinating way imaginable. What an incredible plant. But beauty of the subject isn't what decides articles of the day, it's the writing and content and inclusiveness. Check out WP:FAC to learn more about the process. Really nicely written article and the layout is gorgeous. Good job everyone. --KP Botany (talk) 06:03, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

What's ugly is the vandalism that featured articles like this attract. – Wdfarmer (talk) 23:28, 26 January 2009 (UTC)