The Big, Bad Banksia Man is a charachter from an Australian children's story called "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie" by May Gibb. It is an old story as I remember reading it as a child but it is still in the stores today. I saw this Banksia Man in my garden today. Use your imagination and you can see his mean eyes and a mouth near the top. It is actually the seed cone of a Banksia Tree. There are many different kinds with fancy botanical names which I don't know.
This is how they look before becoming a Big Bad Banksia Man.
They start as a new cone and then develop a loopy, hook shaped petal (It probably has a proper name for these hair like structures)
See the looped, closed hooks?
Then they start to open. The one above has half open at the top and half closed at the bottom.
This one has them all open.
This tree has reddy, orange ones.
This tree has yellow ones.
I think they are beautiful but then they turn into the ugly Banksia Man.