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Unusual Flower: Banksia


banksia flower

Banksia has huge cone-like flowers measuring the size of a man's hand from the wrist up to the tips of the fingers.

With more than 170 species of the Protea family, Banksia is a very diverse plant. These Australian wild flowers are easily recognized by their characteristic flower spikes and fruiting "cones" and heads.

When it comes to size, banksias range from prostrate woody shrubs to trees up to 30 meters tall. They are generally found in a wide variety of landscapes, (occasionally) rainforest, shrub land, and some more arid landscapes, though not in Australia's deserts.The narrow leaves are up to 10" long. Colors are mainly orange, red, yellow. The cone flower shape and size ranges dramatically according to variety and season. The name "Banksia" comes from naturalist Sir Joseph Banks. Vase life is to very good for Banksia, usually 10-18 days.

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