Australian Native Plants

  Banksia menziesii (Menzies' Banksia)


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Banksa menziesii, taken in Jandakot Botanical Gardens

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Banksia menziesii in early bud taken at Edith Cowan University (Joondalup Campus).

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Inflorescence and foliage of Banksia menziesii

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MENZIES' BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia menziesii in Australia

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


Common Name
Menzies' Banksia

Other Names
Firewood Banksia

Description
Menzies' Banksia is a tree to ten metres tall or a spreading shrub to three metres tall. The leaves are elongated oval in shape with serrated margins and grow to about 25 cm long and 4 cm wide. New growth has a fur of brown hairs. It produces acorn-shaped clusters of red flowers in autumn and winter. The flowers are very attractive and are used as cut flowers in the horticulture industry. The plant is fire-tolerant and can regrow from a lignotuber. The fruit is a woody cone with seeds contained in follicles. The plant is an important food source for various species of parrots.

Height
2m - 10m

Spread
2m - 8m

Habitat
grows on sandy soil on sand plains and woodland

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
found on west coast of Western Australia from around Perth to around Kalbarri.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:menziesii
Common Name:Menzies' 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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