Feature Plant

Bull Banksia

(Banksia grandis)

A tree or shrub growing to 10m high with rough bark.  Flower spikes cylindrical, pale yellow-green from September to January (late Djilba to Birak).  Leaves grow to 45cm long.  Seeds are released in autumn and spread by the wind, up to 10m away.  A typical banksia of this area, occurring on white or grey sand over laterite.

Banksias are named after Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour, on the voyage to the east coast of Australia in 1770.  Sixty Australian Banksia species are native only to the southwest of Western Australia.

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Banksia flower

Banksia grandis