Banksia flower, Banksia sp

Banksia flower, Banksia sp

Port Jackson Painter
Watercolour, c1788 - 1797 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Watling collection

There are around 70 Australian species in the genus Banksia – named after Joseph Banks, the eminent naturalist.

Banks had sailed to Australia with James Cook on the HMS Endeavour voyage (1770), and brought many plants back to Britain. Notes on the drawing record that it was made in January, and shows the flower at life size.

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