One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen Australian shrub that typically has narrow leathery leaves and numerous small flowers borne on cylindrical spikes (often likened to bottlebrushes).
Genus Banksia, family Proteaceae
- ‘The Bangalow palm, the waratah, the fire-wheel flower, the banksia and the Sturt desert pea are all captured in this way.’
- ‘Her last design, a tall stand, displayed large palm leaves and monstera leaves, with banksias, five red exotic lilies, stralitzias and bronze anthuriums.’
- ‘The pavilions will house plants from temperate regions of the southern hemisphere such as passion flowers, camellias, banksias, tea trees and wattles.’
- ‘Nectar eaters love trees such as grevillias, banksias and bottlebrush.’
- ‘There are a great many flowering bushes such as the distinctively Australian banksias, and red-tailed skinks are often seen sunning themselves on the rocks.’
Modern Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks (see Banks, Sir Joseph).
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