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Scarlet Banksia, Australia, 1999

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"A scarlet banksia blooms like fireworks in Australia's southwest. Not all biodiversity hot spots are tropical. This region's poor soils support 2,830 endemic plants—species that grow nowhere else on Earth."

—From "The Variety of Life," February 1999, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by Frans Lanting

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