Australian Native Plants

  Banksia gardneri var gardneri (Prostrate Banksia)


Banksia gardneri var gardneri photo
prostrate banksia Banksia gardneri gardneri

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Banksia gardneri var gardneri photo
prostrate banksia Banksia gardneri gardneri

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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. gardneri is a prostrate shrub growing to about 30cm tall. The leaves are lobed and have a prominent pale mid vein. The lobes are 1cm to 3cm. It produces spikes of orange brown flowers in spring which grow from the base of the plant near ground level. The branchlets sometimes grow just below the soil and the flowers look like they are growing out of the ground. The flowers are followed by woody cones with follicles. B. gardneri var. brevidentata is similar but has leaves with more regular toothed margins and it flowers in winter.

Height
0.1m - 0.3m

Spread
1m - 2m

Habitat
grows on sandy soils in heathland, shrubland and open wood land

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
found in south western coastal areas of Western Australia around Albany region.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:gardneri
Variety:'var gardneri'
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
  see A-Z list for more ...