Australian Native Plants

  Banksia nutans var nutans (Nodding Banksia)


Banksia nutans var nutans photo
Banksia nutans var. nutans

Photograph by Cas Liber. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)




NODDING BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia nutans in Australia

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


Common Name
Nodding Banksia

Description
The Nodding Banksia is a spreading shrub growing to about a metre tall. The leaves are blue green and very narrow growing to about 1 mm to 1.5mm wide. The flowers grow in pink red or reddish brown clusters in spring and summer. The flower clusters hang downwards and are about 5cm to 7cm long. The old flowers remain on the fruit as it matures. The plant is killed by bush fire and regenerates from seed.

Height
0.5m - 1.5m

Spread
1m - 3m

Habitat
grows on sandy soil on sand dunes and woodland

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
Nodding Banksia is found along the south coast of Western Australia from around Albany to Esperance to Cape Pasley on the Great Australian Bight.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:nutans
Variety:'var nutans'
Common Name:Nodding 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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