Description 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.
Habitat grows in well drained soils in mallee country and heathland.
Distribution The Desert Banksia is found in western Victoria and south eastern parts of South Australia including Kangaroo Island.