This article is about one of Australia's best-known and commercial wildflowers grown for cut flower production around the world. Damn impossible to grow.....maybe if I buff it to FA I will be able to grow it....anyway, I think it is at or very near FA status so tell me what else is needed. Cheers, Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 13:50, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
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File:Banksia_coccinea_(Illustrationes_Florae_Novae_Hollandiae_plate_3).jpg: source link is dead, needs US PD tag
source updated, link now live, US PD tag updated too. sorry re delay. Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 19:40, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
File:Australia_Western_Australia_location_map.svg (source for map): source link is dead. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:06, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Although I highlighted the sand and Albany issues, I appreciate that there may not be simple answers, so I'll leave those with you and change to support above Jimfbleak -talk to me? 06:08, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
SupportComment from Hamiltonstone
"Truncate at the apex, they have dentate margins" any chance of wikilinks for either of those terms?
"The distinctive inflorescences are terminal". I don't want to encourage a sea of blue links, but in everyday English, i would read this as meaning that the unique flowerlike bits are guaranteed to kill the plant...
linked first - need to figure out second...."terminal" means arising out of the ends of the stems (as opposed to "axillary" or "cauliflorous") and is clarified in the subsequent clause. So how to incorporate meaning without sounding repetitive.... Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 07:44, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Yeah that works for me - the word "terminal" is not notable or detailed enough and a simple description is fine Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 12:20, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
"an average count of around 286 individual flowers". Since flowers don't come in fractions (one either has one or one doesn't), how can it be "around" 286?
the flower counts of the inflorescences in the original paper were an estimation - the figure for average was 286±14 IIRC, so I thought "around 286" was the most accessible and accurate without flooding the reader with numbers. Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 10:26, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
This needs some work: "George placed Banksia coccinea in its own series—Banksia series. Coccineae—within the section B. sect. Banksia on account of a unique combination of characters: the unusual vertical arrangement of flowers on the spike is a trait only seen in the series Quercinae and five species within the series Spicigerae, neither of which shares in whole the branched open habit, broad leaves and very small follicles." I couldn't follow this. I think it's because I thought the full stop after "Banksia series." was the end of a sentence. I still don't get why it's there. Then as a whole, the sentence is too long. Plus the word "neither" is attached to "five", which doesn't make sense... and that's just the problems I can articulate. Can you have a go at completely rewording this passage? hamiltonstone (talk) 10:54, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
That's better - but we still need to get rid of the full stop after the word "series", otherwise it still appears as though that is the end of a sentence. I don't know why it is there since it does not appear to be abbreviating a word - either delete it or change it to "ser." hamiltonstone (talk) 23:07, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Agree with the comment above that it seems odd that the colour of the sand is important...did you find anything more out about this?
tricky finding a decent overview - I found this and this but am not confident yet. Damn, need to sort out supporting pages.... Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 01:46, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
This needs tweaking: "Applying phosphite to infested areas has been shown to reduce the mortality rates to around 50%. It has shown some symptoms of toxicity to application of phosphite, with some patchy necrosis of leaves, but the uptake of the compound is somewhat lower compared with other shrubs. Unusually, the symptoms did not appear to be proportional to exposure levels". What is the "It" at the start of the second sentence. The Banksia? The infective agent? And i don't think one shows symptoms of toxicity "to" something. The clause "but the uptake..." doesn't seem to follow from the grammar of the phrases that precede it. And the last sentence appears to be in a different tense to the ones before it. hamiltonstone (talk) 01:02, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
One more i think. Can i just check... "This immune response, coupled with the fact that it had not been observed in the wild, led them to believe it was not a major pathogen of the species. This species has since been reclassified and named as Luteocirrhus shearii." Can I check that the three words "it" "it" and "this" all refer to the species of Zythiostroma that was subsequently named Luteocirrhus shearii? hamiltonstone (talk) 03:24, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
yep - would it help to convert the fullstop before footnote 41 to a semicolon? Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 06:24, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
I'm happy with this, but hope that Cas's searches shed more light on the sand colour thing! hamiltonstone (talk) 07:04, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
SupportComments from Melburnian.
Looking good, my quibbles are of a minor nature:
Sitting atop 3–5 mm (0.1–0.2 in) long petioles - gives the impression that the leaves are bolt upright
changed to "with" but mused on "on" or "growing from"...none of them exactly right - any suggestion welcome (using "with" as the most apt I can think of) Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 13:52, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
Banksia coccinea was described by German botanist Adalbert Schnizlein as B. purpurea in 1843 - sounds like he didn't like the name and randomly changed it just for the heck of it. This needs rewording and a bit of context.
Was tempted to leave it out as it is very obscure and not mentioned elsewhere/ Will look to see if I can find some more info, but for now reworded to give better picture. Cas Liber (talk·contribs) 14:44, 18 June 2014 (UTC)