|Red Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthus rufus, south-west Western Australia.|
|Rufous Treecreeper Climacteris rufa, Porongurup NP, Western Australia.|
|Starfish or Stinkhorn Fungus Aseroe rubra.Found throughout eastern Australia and much of the Pacific, |
this species apparently mimics an open wound,
in smell as well as appearance, to attract flies which disperse the spores!
|Escallonia rubra, Family Escallionaceae, Salto Petrohue, southern Chile.|
|Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda, nesting on Lady Elliott Island, Queensland.|
Here the species name means exactly the same as the English name.
|Blushing Tiny Greenhood Orchid Pterostylis (Speculantha) rubescens, Black Mountain, Canberra.|
|Red Bloodwood Eucalyptus erythrophloia, Cooktown, tropical Queensland.|
The allusion is, like the common name's, to the wood, literally 'red-wood'.
(This is not the only eucalypt referred to as Red Bloodwood by the way.)
|Notro Embothrium coccineum Family Proteaceae, Torres del Paine NP, southern Chile.|
|Scarlet Banksia Banksia coccinea Family Proteaceae, near Albany, Western Australia.|
|Flame Robin Petroica phoenicia, Namadgi National Park near Canberra.|
Here the common name seems more appropriate.
|Bottlebrush Callistemon phoenicus, Cape le Grande NP, Western Australia.|
Perhaps this one is a bit closer to the intent.
|Diplolaena ferruginea Family Rutaceae, Badgingarra NP, Western Australia.|
I guess here it depends on whether the author was looking at the more obvious red stamens
or the definitely rusty sepals.
|Pimelea ferruginea, Woody Island, Western Australia.|
I find this one distinctly odd! (The name, not the delightful flower.)
|Andean Ruddy Duck Oxyura ferruginea, El Calafate, Argentina.|
This one seems pretty unequivocal.
|Dark-banded Greenhood Orchid Pterostylis sanguinea, Perth.|
Maybe dried blood?
|Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta, Cape Hillsborough NP, Queensland.|
Here the derived word sanguinolenta implies 'blood-filled'.