Australian Native Plants

  Banksia attenuata (Candlestick Banksia)


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Banksia attenuata in Wireless hill revserve Booragoon Western Australia

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Banksia attenuata. Photo taken at Wireless Hill Park, Perth, Western Australia

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Infructescences of Banksia attenuata, Bold Park, Perth, Western Australia

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CANDLESTICK BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia attenuata in Australia

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


Common Name
Candlestick Banksia

Other Names
Slender Banksia

Description
The Candlestick Banksia or Slender Banksia is a tree that grows to around 10 metres in height. In drier areas it grows as shrub to 2 metres tall. Tree forms develop a thick trunk. The long leaves grow to about 25cm long and 1.5cm wide, and have serrated edges. It produces bright yellow flower spikes that grow to 25cm tall and 5cm wide in spring and summer. The bark is grey and reddish brown underneath. It is used as a street tree in Western Australian towns. The plant has a lignotuber from which in regenerates after fire.

Height
4m - 15m

Spread
3m - 8m

Habitat
Candlestick Banksia grows on sandy soils and is often found in open Eucalyptus woodland as a tree or tall shrub.

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
has a fairly wide distribution across the south west of Western Australia, and north as far as Kalbarri National Park and the Murchison River



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:attenuata
Common Name:Candlestick Banksia


Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  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
  Banksia dallanneyi
  see A-Z list for more ...