Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Banksia, a genus of Proteaceae, natives of Australia and Tasmania, named by the younger Linnaeus after Sir Joseph Banks. They include some trees, but are mostly shrubs with leathery leaves very variable in form, with serrate or spinous margins, and white or red under-surfaces. The flowers are crowded together in heads, and yield much honey, and the fruits are follicles containing black winged seeds. There are over fifty species, many of which are greenhouse favourites.