the family Proteaceae. It is endemic to Tasmania where it is found on
moist acidic soils at altitudes of 600 to 1200 m (2000–4000 ft). A
component of alpine eucalypt forest, rainforest, and scrub
communities,T. truncata grows as a multistemmed shrub to a height of 3
metres (10 ft), or occasionally as a small tree, with red flower heads,
known as inflorescences, that appear over the Tasmanian summer (November
to February) and bear 10 to 35 individual flowers. Yellow-flowered forms
are occasionally seen, but do not form a population distinct from the
rest of the species. Collected by French botanist Jacques Labillardière
in 1792–93, T. truncata was first described in 1805. Genetically the
most distinctive of the five waratah species, Tasmanian waratah can be
cultivated in temperate climates, requiring soils with ample moisture
and good drainage and in partly shaded or sunny positions. Several
commercially available cultivars have been developed that are hybrids of
T. truncata with the New South Wales waratah (T. speciosissima) and
Gippsland waratah (T. oreades).
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telopea_truncata>
Today's selected anniversaries:
After an explosion destroyed the house in Kirk o' Field,
Edinburgh, where he was staying, the strangled body of Henry Stuart,
Lord Darnley, the King consort of Scotland, was found in a nearby
Britain, France, and Spain signed the Treaty of Paris to end
the Seven Years' War, significantly reducing the size of the French
colonial empire while at the same time marking the beginning of an
extensive period of British dominance outside of Europe.
Second Italo-Abyssinian War: The Battle of Amba Aradam began,
ending nine days later in a decisive tactical victory for Italy and the
neutralisation of almost the entire Ethiopian army as a fighting force.
"Rudolf Abel" (pictured on stamp), a Soviet spy arrested by the
FBI, was exchanged for Gary Powers, the pilot of the CIA spy plane that
had been shot down over Soviet airspace two years earlier.
The first accidental hypervelocity collision between two intact
satellites in low Earth orbit took place when Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251
collided and destroyed each other.
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