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Gondwana Beauty

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, July 19, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, plants

The genus  Banksia  is a remnant of the plants of Gondwanaland, the super-continent that broke apart 80 million years ago into Africa, India, Antarctica, Madagascar, and Australia. These woody plants are only found in Australia where over 170 species, many highly restricted in their distribution, are still blooming today.

Here's are real beauty, the Hairpin Banksia ( Banksia spinulosa ) found in southeastern Australia.


Hairpin Banksia, Banksia spinulosa  (credit: Peter Dwyer, Australia)

Like so many things about the Land of OZ, the plants can be unique, strange, and wonderful.

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