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

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

Australian Bee Journal 68(8): 20

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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