Australian Native Plants

  Banksia ornata (Desert Banksia)

Banksia ornata photo
Banksia ornata Mt Annan Botanic Gardens Entrance

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

Banksia ornata photo
Banksia ornata, Wail State Forest, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Mike Bayly. Some rights reserved.    (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 ornata in Australia

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

Common Name
Desert Banksia

The Desert Banksia is a dense shrub growing to three metres in height. The leaves are about 10cm long and 2 cm wide and are narrow wedge shape with serrated margins. It develops cylindrical spikes of orange flowers in winter and spring. The flower spikes grow to 14 cm tall and 10 cm in diameter. Banksia ornata does not develop a lignotuber and is killed by bush fire, regenerating from seed.

grows in well drained soils in mallee country and heathland.

The Desert Banksia is found in western Victoria and south eastern parts of South Australia including Kangaroo Island.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 1 - 2
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: sand, loam
Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: yellow / blue
Flower Season: autumn, winter

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Common Name:Desert Banksia

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  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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