Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Botany picture #170: Banksia integrifolia

Banksia integrifolia (Proteaceae), Jervis Bay, 2014. This may be the best known Banksia, for a variety of reasons. First, it occurs the coast near Sydney where a lot of foreign tourists can see the species. Second, that also means that it was one of the first species of the genus ever to be collected by a European scientist, Joseph Banks himself. Third, it is an easily cultivated plant found as an ornamental tree or even Bonsai in various parts of Australia. And fourth, it has even been introduced to other countries, and there is slight concern that it might turn into an invasive weed in New Zealand.

As can be seen in the above picture, the flower spikes as well as the fruiting cones are very attractive.

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