Banksia (Australia)
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Banksia is a genus of around 170 species in the plant family Proteaceae that is native to Australia. They have characteristic flower spikes and fruiting "cones" and heads. They are heavy producers of nectar and a vital part of the food chain in the Australian bush. The fruits protect the seeds from foraging animals and from fire. In some species the fruits will not open until they have been burnt or completely dried out.
Inflorescence of Banksia - Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Inflorescence of Banksia. These Australian wildflowers are easily recognised by their characteristic flower spikes and fruiting "cones" and heads. Banksia flowers are usually a shade of yellow, but orange, red, pink and even violet flowers also occur.

Banksia - John Tiddy Photography  After the fires. Images of recovery from the Grampians bushfires of 2006. Many of these images were featured in the book "Beyond the Smoke" of which I was a co-editor.  http://www.johntiddyphotography.com/photo_7511091.html

Way to use multi layered felt resist ? After the fires, book "Beyond the Smoke" John Tiddy Photography Victoria Australia

Botanical - 18th century

Banksia serrata Saw Banksia artist: Sydney Parkinson - From: original illustration held in the Natural History Museum.

Banksia seeds forming inside red velvet pods by Karen Eaton

Banksia seeds forming inside red velvet pods by Karen Eaton flower essence

illustration: Banksia formosa. Australian Wildflowers.

illustration: Banksia formosa Banksia serrata - cone Old Man Banksia family PROTEACEAE artist: Leonie Norton

Banksia splendida, commonly known as Shaggy Dryandra, is a shrub endemic to Western Australia. It was known as Dryandra speciosa until 2007

Banksia splendida, commonly known as Shaggy Dryandra, is a shrub endemic to Western Australia. It was known as Dryandra speciosa until Order: Proteales Family: Proteaceae Genus: Banksia

illustration: Banksia dallanneyi Campbell, Marrianne Collinson (1827-1903)

Banksia dallanneyi, Dryandra lindleyana by Campbell, Marrianne Collinson , Part of a website on Australian Botanical Illustration - Art Gallery

Red Swamp Banksia. Banksia occidentalis. Houtte, L. van, Flore des serres et des jardin de l’Europe, vol. 6 (1850-1851)

From the botanical illustration collection of Swallowtail Garden Seeds. From our collection of botanical photographs, illustrations, and paintings.

Red Banksia (Proteaceae) flowers

The Banksia men stories Red Banksia Flowers - grow wild in the Stirling Ranges, south west Western Australia

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