Australian Native Plants

  Banksia cuneata (Matchstick Banksia)


Banksia cuneata photo
Banksia cunaeta -- Quariading Banksia or Matchstick Banksia

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Banksia cuneata photo
Banksia cunaeta -- Quariading Banksia or Matchstick Banksia

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Banksia cuneata photo
Matchstick Banksia full plant appoxiamately 3 meters high

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MATCHSTICK BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia cuneata in Australia

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


Common Name
Matchstick Banksia

Other Names
Quairading Banksia

Description
The Matchstick Banksia is an upright dense shrub or small tree. The prickly leaves are wedge-shaped and serrated, growing up to 4cm in length. The flowers grow in a dome-shaped cluster in winter, spring and summer. The flowers are cream and pink aging to pink. It gets its common name of Matchstick Banksia from the appearance of the buds before they open into flower. The fruit is a woody cone with up to five follicles, each of which has two seeds. It is similar to B. ilicifolia which is larger with rougher bark and duller flowers, and B. oligantha which has smaller flowers and is not so prickly.

Height
3m - 5m

Spread
2m - 3m

Habitat
grows on sandy soil

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
found in the south west Western Australia about two or three hundred km east of Perth and about 300km north of Albany



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:cuneata
Common Name:Matchstick 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 dallanneyi
  see A-Z list for more ...