Fauna of the Antipodes 14 x 10
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This Banksia, often referred to as the Australian honeysuckle is a major food source for a number of native Australian birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and a number of other nectarivorous animals because they are produces of significant quantities of nectar. There are about 170 species of this tree, and they grow in bush land and are a feature in many gardens. Some grow to a height of 90 feet; often they are seen covered with hundreds of birds, particularly members of the parrot and parakeet species. These are hardy and survive the many bush fires because the fire itself acts as a mechanism to open the seedpods, to propagate new trees following fires.