Origin of banksia
- After Sir Joseph Banks
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.
- From the genus name Banksia.