One of the most enchanting natural floras of the Australian landscape is Banksia. It is named after Sir Joseph Banks, a botanist who discovered the plant in 1788 when the first fleet arrived in Australia led by Captain James Cook.
Banksia flourishes in all parts of Australia. It adapts well to the harshest environment of the country, even withstanding bush fires.
Its colours may be red, orange, yellow or pink. This depends on the variety of the Banksia species, which account to more than 75 variations. Some of the species are endangered due to deforestation.
Significantly, the wildflower is a source of food for smaller animals as it is a great source for nectar. It has also become part of Indigenous lifestyle as its nectar is made into a sweet drink.
Banksia, one of Australia’s treasured plants, is exceptional not just on the way it looks, but in the manner that it can endure the toughest climatic situations. It is indeed a flower that personifies typical Aussie personality, strong-willed amidst all adversities.