Banksia Integrifolia cone: Australian flower (well it WAS)
The banksia integrifolia flower after it has expired... revealing the gorgeous 'spine' of the flower which turns into this lovely banksia cone. I've been fascinated with these cones since i was a kid. i love the patterns of these "Big Bad Banksia Men". borrowed friends Nikon D70
The Waratah which is the name given it by the local Aborigines has the scientific name Telopea speciosissima. "Telopea" from the Greek means "seen from afar" and "speciosissima" from Latin means handsome. Both are appropriate names. It grows wild along the eastern seaboard of New South Wales, Australia in sandy well drained soil.
JoyZine - Australia Decoded: A Dictionary of Australian English: B-2
Example from Dictionary: barking spider - Selenoismia Cresipes, an Australian tarantula. Their rasping, supposedly bark-like sound is produced by rubbing their palps over their fangs as a warning when they are disturbed. The largest are found in Queensland. With a 60mm body and a leg span of 160mm, this spider is nearly as large as a man's hand.
West Australian Christmas Tree Wildflowers | Wildflower Seeds | Flower Seeds by Mr Fothergills
West Australian Christmas Tree Wildflowers. Another wonderful example of Wildflower Seeds & Flower Seeds by Mr Fothergill's