Australian Native Plants

  Banksia benthamiana (Bentham's Banksia)


Banksia benthamiana photo
Banksia benthamiana in bloom, somwehre east of Pithara, WA

Photograph by Cas Liber. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




BENTHAM'S BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia benthamiana in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Bentham's Banksia

Description
Banksia benthamiana is an ornamental shrub with flaky grey bark that grows to 4m in height. The leaves grow to 25cm long and 1cm wide with finely serrated leaf margins. Both surfaces of the leaf are hairy when young, becoming smoother as it matures. The yellow or orange brown flower spikes grow in late spring and summer, and are followed by woody cones with follicles. Each follicle is about 10mm to 15mm long and 5mm high. The plant does not form a lignotuber.

Height
2m - 4m

Spread
2m - 4m

Habitat
grows in shrubland on sandy soil, clay-loam, and gravel soils. The plant is also seen along road edges.

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
Banksia benthamiana is found in Western Australia between Mullewa and Kulja in scattered populations (in an area east of Geraldton and north east of Perth)

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:benthamiana
Common Name:Bentham's Banksia


Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  Banksia attenuata
  Banksia audax
  Banksia baueri
  Banksia baxteri
  Banksia blechnifolia
  Banksia brownii
  Banksia burdettii
  Banksia caleyi
  Banksia candolleana
  Banksia canei
  Banksia carlinoides
  Banksia chamaephyton
  Banksia coccinea
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
  Banksia dallanneyi
  see A-Z list for more ...