T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Banksia genus:

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots 
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae 
Genus: Banksia
Species: about 170

Banksia is a genus of around 170 species in the plant family Proteaceae. These Australian wildflowers and are easily recognised 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 metres tall. They are heavy producers of nectar. They are an important food source for all sorts of nectariferous animals, including birds and a host of invertebrates.

Photographed at  Lat 39 4' 0.2 S  Long 174 5' 0.6" E   Datum WGS 84