Australian Native Plants

  Banksia speciosa (Showy Banksia)


Banksia speciosa photo
Banksia speciosa In flower, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Photograph by Paul Morris from USA. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Banksia speciosa photo
Showy Banksia in flower, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Photograph by Paul Morris from USA. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Banksia speciosa photo
Banksia speciosa photographed in Mt Claremont.

Photograph by Cygnis insignis. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)




SHOWY BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia speciosa in Australia

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


Common Name
Showy Banksia

Description
The Showy Banksia is a large spreading shrub to four metres, or may be a small tree growing to eight metres tall. The leaves are long and narrow growing to 45 cm in length with even triangular lobes giving a prominent serrated edge. Flowers are borne in acorn-shaped yellow spikes which are about 12 cm tall. The main flowering period is summer and autumn, but flowers may be seen all year round. the fruit is a woody cone with follicles containing the seeds.

Height
3m - 8m

Spread
3m - 8m

Habitat
found on coastal dunes and sandplains

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
Banksia speciosa is found on the southern coast of Western Australia around Esperance from Fitzgerald River National Park to Israelite Bay.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:speciosa
Common Name:Showy 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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