Macro Monday: the hairpin banksia shrub and its blooms

Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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I ran across this shrub over the weekend and I had to take a few pictures of its very peculiar blooms. This is the hairpin banksia shrub, part of the protea family, originally from South Africa.

Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub
Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub

Take a closer look at the shrub’s blooms. I don’t even know if you could call them flowers. Aren’t they something?

Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub bloom
Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub bloom

Here’s an ever closer look at a hairpin banksia bloom. Nature sure had fun with this one!

Close-up of a hairpin banksia shrub bloom
Close-up of a hairpin banksia shrub bloom

18 thoughts on “Macro Monday: the hairpin banksia shrub and its blooms

  1. What an interesting plant. I don’t suppose those would grow in Ohio’s climate. At least I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here. Then again, my observational skills for plant life are not good…

    • I doubt they would survive your cold winters. San Diego weather is very similar to the one in Australia and South Africa (dry and hot) so we see a lot of plants from there do well here, like the bottle brush trees and the eucalyptus trees, which I can’t stand since they can drop giant branches at any moment and hurt or kill whoever is walking underneath. I have no idea why we have so many of them here.

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