Australian Native Plants

  Banksia sphaerocarpa var caesia (Round-fruited Banksia)


Banksia sphaerocarpa var caesia photo
Banksia sphaerocarpa caesia inflorescence

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Banksia sphaerocarpa var caesia photo
Banksia sphaerocarpa var. caesia growing on a road reserve near Lake Grace, WA

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Banksia sphaerocarpa var caesia photo
Habit shot of Banksia sphaerocarpa caesia, displaying glaucous foliage. North Karlgarin Nature Reserve

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia sphaerocarpa in Australia

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


Common Name
Round-fruited Banksia

Other Names
Fox Banksia

Description
The Fox Banksia is a variety of Banksia sphaerocarpa that grows to a height of around two metres but can reach as much as four metres. Leaves are long and narrow and blue grey in colour with a pointed tip and grow up to 10 cm in length and about 1.5mm wide. It produces ball shaped clusters of yellow flowers in summer, autumn and winter. This variety grows larger than other varieties apart from var. dolichostyla . The fruit is a globular woody cone with up to sixty follicles. All varieties have a lignotuber which can sprout new growth after damage by bush fire.

Height
2m - 4m

Spread
2m

Habitat
grows in heathland and shrubland on sandy loan or gravel soil

Wildlife Interest
birds

Distribution
B. sphaerocarpa var. caesia is found in the south western corner of Western Australia in an inland area over 100 km from the coast located east of Perth and north of Albany,



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:sphaerocarpa
Variety:'var caesia'
Common Name:Round-fruited 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 ...