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Banksia ornata and bee keeping at Mt. Shaugh, S.A

Australian Bee Journal 68(8): 20
Banksia ornata and bee keeping at Mt. Shaugh, S.A
In the Mt. Shaugh area, South Australia, this desert plant flowers from late April to early August. It can withstand temperatures of -50 degrees C. At its peak of nectar production, 300 ml nectar can drip from one flower spike in 14 h. B. ornata can be a valuable winter honey source; records kept at a 400-hive apiary from 1974 to 1976 show that, although in 2 years no honey was harvested, in 6 years the mean yield was more than 20 kg/hive (max. 35.8 kg) for the period May-July.

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