20 April 2012

Australian Native: Banksia

Last week I shared lemon-green flowering banksias from the Central Coast, but these rich russet toned candles are currently the highlight in bushland within walking distance of home.

According to Australian Botanic Gardens there are 76 Banksia species, and all but one occur naturally in Australia.  Named after Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) who, in 1770, was the first European to collect specimens of these plants.












14 comments:

Laina said...

Hi Carol,
Thank you for the nice comment on my blog!
The background is a bright blue box, I have had the flower in a vase and photographed prior to this carton!

These photos here are great! Such plants I've never seen before, they have a great fascination for me!

Happy weekend and best wishes, Laina

(Written with a translator, I hope he makes less mistakes than I;))

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Have never seen such a flower / plant.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

Andrea said...

Hi Carole, thanks for commenting in my post i was able to see your site. You have very beautiful shots with your Sony, and i love banksias for the one and only time I was in NSW long ago. I also have a Sony Cybershot 12.1 MP, and an older model but i am not anymore using them most of the time after i got my Olympus E620. I am not as good as you in using my Sony. Or maybe because i don't edit them as I am not good in editing, i only know how to crop! I browsed at your older photos and they surely don't look like from a Point and Shoot. haha!

heyBJK said...

Those are really neat, Carole! I enjoy your trees and the various plants. I like seeing things we don't have here.

Jama said...

I've never seen such flowers before, they are so pretty.

Herding Cats said...

What unusual flowers. Great pictures!

Libby Rodriguez said...

Hi Carole- These are amazing!! I like the info about them as well. They look like corncobs attached to a bush, or like something that Dr. Suess would draw :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

These are really unique. So different from anything we have here. I really like the color. I love the next to the last photo!

TexWisGirl said...

they're so unique and beautiful. lovely rich colors, too. corn cobs gone bristle brush! :)

Modern Mom said...

They are beautiful and I've never seen them before. Thanks for sharing.

Layered Hibiscus

Tina G said...

thanks for this special native flower :)

NixBlog said...

Wonderful shots of these banksias, Carole!

Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

Jean said...

I have to imagine the feeling it see these interesting trees in the wild.
They are lovely!

Linda said...

Interesting plant! And very nice photos...