Australian Native Plants

  Banksia gardneri var brevidentata (Prostrate Banksia)


Banksia gardneri var brevidentata photo
Banksia gardneri var. brevidentata with old inflorescence at Mt Trio, Stirling Range National Park, WA

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




PROSTRATE BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia gardneri in Australia

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


Common Name
Prostrate Banksia

Description
Banksia gardneri var. brevidentata is a prostrate plant with horizontal branches that grows to about 20cm tall. The leaves have serrated saw tooth margins with teeth up to 5mm long. It produces spikes of orange brown flowers which grow to 10cm tall and 6cm in diameter in autumn and winter. The flowers grow from the base of the plant near ground level. The branches sometimes grow just under ground level and the flowers have the appearance that they are growing out of the ground. The flowers are followed by woody cones with follicles. B. gardneri var. gardneri is similar but has deeply lobed leaves and flowers in spring.

Height
0.2m - 0.4m

Spread
1m - 3m

Habitat
grows on sandy soils on plains and woodland

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
found in south western coastal areas of Western Australia north of Albany region. Has smaller distribution than var. gardneri

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:gardneri
Variety:'var brevidentata'
Common Name:Prostrate 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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