A flowering banksia shrub.
Origin of banksiaModern Latin after Sir Joseph Banks: see Banks Island
Origin of banksiaAfter Sir Joseph Banks.
- A plant belonging to the genus Banksia.
From the genus name Banksia.
From English Banks (“a surname”) + -ia.Named after the English botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who collected the first specimens of the genus on his 1770 voyage to Australia with Captain James Cook. First published in 1782 by Carolus Linnaeus the Younger. Earlier, in 1775, Forster & Forster had proposed the name Banksia for the genus now called Pimelia, but Linnaeus' use was accepted.