Banksia integrifolia. Coast Banksia. East coast of Australia
Proteaceae (Protea family)

A tall specimen is growing on the Stanford Avenue greenbelt path behind 838 Santa Fe Avenue. The ½ - by 4-inch leaves are furry silver beneath with mostly untoothed edges. The compound flowers in the form of greenish yellow bottle brushes about 4 inches long by 2 inches in diameter are decorative and even in winter a few may often be seen, but they are too high to be reached except by squirrels. The innumerable individual flowers consist of a closed tube containing a 1-inch-long, persistent, wiry pistil. The tube opens into four parts, each bearing an anther, without benefit of a stamen. Just before the tube opens the anthers deposit pollen on a holder for presentation to pollinators. The stigma, immediately above, then awaits cross-pollination. The trees grow on coastal sand dunes and tolerate salt spray.

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