Australian Native Plants

  Banksia violacea (Violet Banksia)


Banksia violacea photo
Closeup of inflorescence in bud - Banksia violacea

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Banksia violacea photo
Banksia violacea young follicles

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Banksia violacea photo
Habit of Banksia violacea in sparse low shrubland

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VIOLET BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia violacea in Australia

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


Common Name
Violet Banksia

Description
The Violet Banksia is a dense shrub growing to about one and a half metres tall. The leaves are narrow and grow 1 cm to 2 cm long and about 1.5mm wide the flower heads are ball-shaped and have an unusual violet or purple black colour. The main flowering period is late spring to early autumn, but they flower at other times of the year depending on conditions. The fruit is a woody cone with follicles containing the seeds.

Height
1m - 1.5m

Spread
1m - 2m

Habitat
grows on sandy soils over clay or gravel.

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
Banksia violacea is found in the south west of Western Australia from Albany to Esperance. Its range is from the coast to over 200 km inland.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:violacea
Common Name:Violet 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 ...