One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen Australian shrub that typically has narrow, leathery leaves and spikes of bottlebrushlike flowers.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Bangalow palm, the waratah, the fire-wheel flower, the banksia and the Sturt desert pea are all captured in this way.’
- ‘The pavilions will house plants from temperate regions of the southern hemisphere such as passion flowers, camellias, banksias, tea trees and wattles.’
- ‘Her last design, a tall stand, displayed large palm leaves and monstera leaves, with banksias, five red exotic lilies, stralitzias and bronze anthuriums.’
Modern Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks (see Banks, Sir Joseph).
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