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Banksias
of the
Greater Sydney
Region

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If the Kookaburra is the most Australian of birds, then Banksias are the floral equivalent.

Banksias were named after the botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who was aboard Captain James Cook's Endeavour when they "discovered" the East Coast of Australia in April 1770.

The Endeavour landed at Kurnell in Botany Bay on 29th April - which would have been an ideal time to see the Banksias in flower.

Three of the specimens collected, and drawn by Sydney Parkinson on the voyage, are included in this web site. They are -

There are about 80 Banksias in Australia, most being in Western Australia. Only a dozen or so are on the East Coast.

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Coast Banksia
Coast Banksia
Banksia integrifolia
Fern-leaved Banksia
Fern-leaved Banksia
Banksia oblongifolia
Hairpin Banksia
Hairpin Banksia
Banksia spinulosa

Heath Banksia
Heath Banksia
Banksia ericifolia
Old Man Banksia
Old Man Banksia
Banksia serrata
Silver Banksia
Silver Banksia
Banksia marginata



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