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Seeds of Banksia, a native plant of Australia, were found in 1986 in the wreck of the Boussole. They were probably collected by one of the La Perouse expedition's botanists when the ships called at Botany Bay in 1788.

By 2010, a number of these seeds were sent to the French National Botanical Conservatory at Brest to attemps to germinated them. Unfortunately after 3 years of treatment, the scientists were unable to induce any of the seeds to germinate.