Australian Native Plants

  Banksia repens (Creeping Banksia)


Banksia repens photo
Banksia repens, in cultivation, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

Photograph by Hesperian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Banksia repens photo
Banksia repens, in cultivation, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

Photograph by Hesperian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




CREEPING BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia repens in Australia

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


Common Name
Creeping Banksia

Description
The Creeping Banksia is a prostrate shrub with horizontal branches which spread below the surface of the soil. The leaves are very long and stiff and are held erect, growing up to 40 cm in length. The leaves are deeply lobed and have a distinctive almost fern-like appearance. The flowers are borne from horizontal stems in cylindrical spikes at ground level and appear to be growing out of the ground. The flower spikes are about 10cm tall and 7 cm in diameter. Flower colour is variable and varies from red to orange to pink. The plant has a lignotuber which can sprout new growth after bush fire damage. The fruit is a woody cone.

Height
0.3m - 0.5m

Spread
2m - 4m

Habitat
grows in deep sand on sand plains, forest and mallee country.

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
Creeping Banksia is found along the southern coast of Western Australia from Albany to east of Esperance.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:repens
Common Name:Creeping 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
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