Quality Specifications for Bird’s Nest Banksia

  • Published: 29 Nov 2010

  • Author(s): Worrall, Ross, Dr, Bettina Gollnow

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Banksia baxteri is a major Banksia species grown for the cut-flower market. Its squat, domed, greenish-yellow flower heads are held on the ends of strong woody stems. Each brush-like flower head is composed of hundreds of tiny individual flowers or florets. Each floret is fully open when the pin-like style is sticking out. The first florets to open are those at the base of the flower head. The number of open florets on the head determines the correct picking stage for maximum vase life.