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Banksia

Scientific name
Banksia
Origin
Austràlia

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The most outstanding characteristic of Banksia species, which grow as bushes or trees, are their spikes of yellow, orange or red flowers and their strange, exotic-looking fruits, which grow together in cones that look like those of conifer trees, though they are not.

As a strategy against fire, many of their fruits do not open until they are burned or have become completely dry. However, if fires take place too frequently, Banksia populations can be seriously reduced, and young plants that have germinated following a previous fire may die.