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Heath Banksia
Proteaceae
Banksia Ericifolia


Esselean
Esselean
Flower Petal # 1
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Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub

Proteaceae Family

Banksia Genus

Location

NSW Australia

Physical Description
A shrub native to Australia with bottle-brush shaped cluster of bright orange/red flowers.


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Proteaceae
Proteales
Proteales
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
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Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

The Heath Banksia is an attractive shrub with bright orange red flowers. It is a good bird attracting plant especially the nectar eating types.

In summer when the flowers are dripping with nectar you can smell the almost sickeningly sweet scent a mile away. The nectar can be sucked from the flowers or flowers can be dunked in water to produce a sweet drink.
Dead Banksia flowers are to some Australian kids what pine cones are to children in other parts of the world.

Children love collecting them and displaying them or using them in various craft projects (Sticking on some eyes and a few twigs for arms and legs makes something akin to a furry version of a pet rock)



Heath Banksia


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