Banksia

I have a couple of weeks easier and then the rest of the month full on so I am going with the theme Things Aussie for this month - that way I can draw on images that I have when times get tough!
This week it's FLORA!

I love Banksia as much as I love Grevillea - they are as varied as they are beautiful.
There are 173 Banksia species, and all but one occur naturally only in Australia. Banksias were named after Sir Joseph Banks who, in 1770, was the first European to collect specimens of these plants.
The flower heads are made up of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of tiny individual flowers grouped together in pairs. The colour of the flower heads usually ranges from yellow to red. Many species flower over autumn and winter.
The fruits of banksias (called follicles) are hard and woody and are often grouped together to resemble cones (which they are not ­ true cones are produced only by conifers).
The fruits protect the seeds from foraging animals and from fire. In many species the fruits will not open until they have been burnt or completely dried out.
Wonderful to show them in this fun collage
posted July 11th, 2017  
This is amazing! They look a little like our cat tails with hair sticking out. Fav!
posted July 11th, 2017  
Great collage of beautiful shots.
posted July 11th, 2017  
Oh gooodie, a Big Bad Banksia Man!!! Don't tell Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
posted July 11th, 2017  
@golftragic hahahaha I always think of them when I see Banksia
posted July 11th, 2017  
I love them too, great collage.
posted July 11th, 2017  
You do have some strange looking plant.
posted July 11th, 2017  
Cool collage :)
posted July 11th, 2017  
great collection :)
posted July 11th, 2017  
Great collage, they are so pretty.
posted July 11th, 2017  
Great collage, and like your theme for the month!
posted July 11th, 2017  
It was fun to read about the Bankskias with the collage as an illustration. Nicely done!
posted July 11th, 2017  
really cool collage ... I like how you put it together
posted July 12th, 2017  
Very neat collage. Love the images and presentation.
posted July 12th, 2017  
very nice :)
posted July 12th, 2017  
Nice collage and an interesting plant.I didn't know it came in a number of varieties... I've only ever seen the red one.. in a heated glasshouse at the Botanic Gardens
posted July 13th, 2017  
@yrhenwr they're gorgeous and very diverse
posted July 13th, 2017  
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