Australian Native Plants

  Banksia littoralis (Swamp Banksia)


Banksia littoralis photo
Swamp Banksia plants, flowering in the Banksia garden in Kings Park

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Banksia littoralis photo
Swamp Banksia plants, Banksia garden in Kings Park

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Banksia littoralis photo
Foliage of Banksia littoralis

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SWAMP BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia littoralis in Australia

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


Common Name
Swamp Banksia

Other Names
Swamp Oak, Pungura, Western Swamp Banksia

Description
The Swamp Banksia is tree or large shrub with rough grey bark growing to about 15m tall. The leaves are long and narrow, growing to 20cm in length, with widely spaced toothed lobes becoming closer together towards the leaf tip.. It produces cylindrical spikes of yellow flowers in spring and summer. The flower spikes are about 20 cm long and 7 cm in diameter. The fruits are typical Banksia woody cones with oval follicles which remain on the tree for several years. It is similar to the River Banksia (Banksia seminuda).

Height
5m - 15m

Spread
3m - 10m

Habitat
grows in woodland and heath on peaty sand along watercourses and temporary wet areas

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
found in south west of Western Australia from Albany round to north of Perth.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:littoralis
Common Name:Swamp 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 ...