Australia Pre Stamped Envelopes – Flora of Cook’s Voyage -Banksia Serratta

A team of naturalists led by Joseph banks collected hundreds of plants as James Cook navigated the Endeavour along Australia’s eastern coast in 1770. Sydney Parkinson’s botanical sketches were transformed into watercolor  illustrations and engravings after expedition returned to England.

The Banksia specimen was collected at Botany Bay NewSouth Wales  between 28 April and 5 May 1770.

Banksia serrata commonly know as Old Man Banksia is a species of woody shrub widespread  in eastern Australia, extending from southern Queensland along the coast to Wilsons Promontory on Victoria’s south coast. There is also a population across Bass Strait in northern Tasmania.

PSE Envelope no 101        Date of Issue  12 Mar 1986.