Knightia is a small genus of the family Proteaceae endemic to New Zealand, and named in honor of Thomas Andrew Knight.[5] One extant species, K. excelsa (Rewarewa) is found in New Zealand, while a fossil species from upper Miocene deposits in Kaikorai has been described as Knightia oblonga.[6] Two species from New Caledonia, described in the genus Knightia have been placed in the genus Eucarpha by Lawrie Johnson and Barbara Briggs in their influential 1975 monograph "On the Proteaceae: the evolution and classification of a southern family".,[7] although the nomenclatural combinations have never been published as of today.

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Knightia excelsa
Scientific classification

Type species
Knightia excelsa R.Br.

Rymandra Salisb. ex Knight
Sources: ING,[1] UniProt,[2] IPNI,[3] GRIN[4]

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  1. ^ "Knightia". Index Nominum Genericorum. International Association for Plant Taxonomy. 1996-02-09. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  2. ^ UniProt. "Genus Knightia". Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  3. ^ "Knightia". International Plant Names Index (IPNI). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  4. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) (2007-10-05). "Genus: Knightia R. Br". Taxonomy for Plants. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  5. ^ Smith, Val, 1934- (2015). Common ground : who's who in New Zealand botanical names. New Plymouth. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-473-30847-6. OCLC 918895346.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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  7. ^ L. A. S. Johnson and Briggs, B. G. (1975). "On the Proteaceae: the evolution and classification of a southern family". Journal of the Linnean Society of London. Botany. 70 (2): 83–182. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.1975.tb01644.x.

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