The Banksia is a native Australian tree or bush. The following three images illustrate perfectly the life of the flower spike which is much sort after as a food source by nectarivorous animals, including birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and a host of invertebrates. The flowers are also of an economic importance to the Australian nursery and flower industry.
These images were taken at the Geelong Botanic Gardens in autumn. The first photograph shows the flower in its perfect state.
The next image shows a flower spike after it has been visited by a nectar seeking bird or other animal.
And, finally, a flower spike which has no, or very little, nectar left to share.
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