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Thursday, 25 July 2013

FFF88 - FIREWOOD BANKSIA

Banksia menziesii, commonly known as firewood banksia, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Banksia. It is a gnarled tree up to 10 m tall, or a lower spreading 1–3 m shrub in the more northern parts of its range. The serrated leaves are dull green with new growth a paler grey green. The prominent autumn and winter inflorescences are often two-coloured red or pink and yellow, and their colour has given rise to more unusual common names such as port wine banksia and strawberry banksia. Yellow blooms are rarely seen.

First described by the botanist Robert Brown in the early 19th century, no separate varieties of Banksia menziesii are recognised. It is found in Western Australia, from the Perth (32° S) region north to the Murchison River (27° S), and generally grows on sandy soils, in scrubland or low woodland. Banksia menziesii provides food for a wide array of invertebrate and vertebrate animals; birds and in particular honeyeaters are prominent visitors. A relatively hardy plant, Banksia menziesii is commonly seen in gardens, nature strips and parks in Australian urban areas with Mediterranean climates, but its sensitivity to dieback from the soil-borne water mould Phytophthora cinnamomi makes it short-lived in places with humid summers, such as Sydney. Banksia menziesii is widely used in the cut flower industry both in Australia and overseas.

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13 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice capture. Very interesting photo! Thank you for hosting.

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  2. Wow,they're amazing.....they look like inspiration for architecture!

    Ruby

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  3. Beautiful flowers - I don't think I've ever seen them!Thanks for sharing:)

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  4. What an unusual and interesting flower.

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  5. Hello,
    amazing blossoms, love your picture!
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni

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  6. Very cool. It looks like a beautifully colored cactus.

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  7. What a interesting and cute flower. So exotic! It would not survive the cold Norwegian winter.

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  8. Very beautiful and exotic flower which I have never seen in my life. You captured the beauty of this flower in a remarkable way. I am not sure I would make such an interesting picture of this exotic beauty.

    Excellent image!

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  9. I've gotta get me one of these!! :)
    so glad I randomly clicked in here!

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  10. What an unusual flower - have never seen one! Gorgeous capture!

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  11. I was just in Australia, and I saw many of this Banksia.

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