Australian Native Plants

  Banksia brownii (Brown's Banksia)

Banksia brownii photo
Banksia brownii, shrubby form

Photograph by Cas Liber. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Banksia brownii photo
Two leaves of Banksia brownii. Above: a leaf of the shrubby "mountain form". Below: a leaf of the "Millbrook Road form", which usually grows as a tree.

Photograph by Cas Liber. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Banksia brownii in Australia

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

Common Name
Brown's Banksia

Brown's Banksia (also known as the Feather-leaved Banksia) varies from a bushy shrub to open spreading shrub or small tree. This Banksia from Western Australia has attractive feather shaped leaves that grow to 10cm long a 1cm wide. The leaves are dark green above and white and hairy below, and finely divided with sickle shaped lobes to the midrib. The bark is smooth grey-brown. Brown's Banksia flower spikes are reddish brown or pale brown cylinders to 19cm in height and 10cm wide. The flowers are borne in late summer, autumn and winter. Fruit is a woody cone about 5cm in diameter that carries the withered flowers giving it a shaggy appearance. The plant does not have a lignotuber.

grows on sandy soil, loam and gravel soils in open heathlands, mountain slopes and open forest

Stirling Range in south west Western Australia,

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 6
Spread (m): 2 - 3
Soil Texture: sand, loam
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: sensitive / moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 600
Flower Colour: red / brown
Flower Season: autumn, winter

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Common Name:Brown's Banksia

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