Banksias were my favourite Australian genus

The common names of many Australian plants are the same as those in Britain. Yet these plants have no taxonomic relationship to their namesakes from Britain.

Landing in the southwest of Australia in April 2018 for a month reminded me of the time that I arrived in Capetown, South Africa. Everything ecological was different.

While I did all the usual biodiversity and ecotourism things, I was entranced by the Banksias.

I loved the life-sized prints of different Banksia species in the hallway where my temporary biology office was located. When I visited Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, I discovered that the artist was xxx, and that the drawings of all the Banksia species were part of a decades-long project. I bought the book and it's an amazing read.