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4 days ago I posted a photo of a new flower spike on an Old Man Banksia (Banksia Serrata). Today I'm showing you what happens after a fire. In the top photo you can see an old burnt flower where the seed pods have opened in the heat - this germinates the seed. Banksias cannot reproduce without fire.
In the bottom photo you can see a newly shot plant amongst the fire debris.
Jean thought that Banksia's were probably named after Joseph Banks who was a botanist with the English explorer James Cook on a round the world voyage that lasted from 1778 to 1771. She was quite right. Cook was the probably the first European to visit the east coast of Australia (nothing is certain with exploration in that era).
Both photos taken with a Pentax 100 mm macro lens.

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