Australian Native Plants

  Banksia grandis (Bull Banksia)


Banksia grandis photo
Banksia grandis near Torndirrup National Park.

Photograph by Cygnis insignis. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Banksia grandis photo
Banksia grandis near Torndirrup National Park.

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Banksia grandis photo
Banksia grandis

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BULL BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia grandis in Australia

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


Common Name
Bull Banksia

Other Names
Giant Banksia, Mangite

Description
The Bull Banksia is a tree growing to ten metres tall or may grow as a smaller spreading shrub. The trunk is grey and often gnarled and crooked. The leaves are up to 45cm long and about 11cm wide, and made up of large triangular lobes that reach the leaf rib. the leaves are shiny above and hairy underneath. New growth is pale green. It produces cylindrical spikes of bright yellow flowers in spring and summer. The flower spikes grow to 35cm to 40cm tall and about 8cm in diameter. The flowers are followed by woody seed cones. the plant can regenerate from a lignotuber after fire.

Height
5m - 10m

Spread
3m - 5m

Habitat
grows on sandy soils in Jarrah and Marri forests, less commonly found on coastal sandplains

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
Bull Banksia is found in south west corner of Western Australia



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:grandis
Common Name:Bull Banksia


Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  Banksia attenuata
  Banksia audax
  Banksia baueri
  Banksia baxteri
  Banksia benthamiana
  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
  see A-Z list for more ...