Banksia integrifolia is a species of tree that grows along the east
coast of Australia. One of the most widely-distributed Banksia
species, it occurs between Victoria and Central Queensland in a broad
range of habitats, from coastal dunes to mountains. It is highly
variable in form, but is most often encountered as a tree up to 25
metres (82 ft) in height. Its leaves have dark green upper surfaces
and white undersides, a contrast that can be striking on windy days.
It is one of the four original Banksia species collected by Sir Joseph
Banks in 1770, and one of four species published in 1782 as part of
Carolus Linnaeus the Younger's original description of the genus. A
hardy and versatile garden plant, B. integrifolia is widely planted in
Australian gardens. It is a popular choice for parks and streetscapes,
and has been used for bush revegetation and stabilisation of dunes.
Its hardiness has prompted research into its suitability for use as a
rootstock in the cut flower trade, but has also caused concerns about
its potential to become a weed outside its natural habitat.
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departing, leave behind usFootprints on the sands of time. Footprints,
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