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One of the planet’s most isolated landforms of continental origin, the Socotra Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa, has a unique and spectacular endemic flora

30 Alternative Wonders of The World, page 1

30 Alternative Wonders of The World, page 1

Waratah seed pod

Waratah seed pod

Banksia Menziesii (firewood banksia)

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A flowering plant in the family Proteaceae found in Western Australia Banksia menziesii, commonly known as firewood banksia, is a species of flowering plant in...

Inflorescence of Banksia

Inflorescence of Banksia

Living Root Bridges from Cherrapunji, India. Made from the guided, living roots of the Ficus Elastica Tree.

Living Root Bridges

Inflorescence Banksia

I am a liminal being

One of the many Old Man Banksias (Banksia serrata) near the house has produced a mass of new flowers. But only one - the vagaries of plant fertility escape me. It just looks too obvious to call them our Christmas candles, but they do, don't they? These are the summer-flowering Banksias (the others - B. spinulosa, marginata, integrifolia -flower from autumn, through the winter and into spring). Last years flowers, and years before as well, sit alongside. 'As I am so shall you be' my father…