First described by the botanist Robert Brown in the early 19th century, no separate varieties of Banksia menziesii are recognised. It is found in Western Australia, from the Perth (32° S) region north to the Murchison River (27° S), and generally grows on sandy soils, in scrubland or low woodland. Banksia menziesii provides food for a wide array of invertebrate and vertebrate animals; birds and in particular honeyeaters are prominent visitors.
A relatively hardy plant, Banksia menziesii is commonly seen in gardens, nature strips and parks in Australian urban areas with Mediterranean climates, but its sensitivity to dieback from the soil-borne water mould Phytophthora cinnamomi makes it short-lived in places with humid summers, such as Sydney. Banksia menziesii is widely used in the cut flower industry both in Australia and overseas.
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Wow that is big and wonderful.ReplyDelete
Have a nice day, Marit.
that is one unique blossom....looks like a cross between a woolen cap and a sno-cone! Amazing...ReplyDelete
It is so big, I saw a few banksia also when we went bushwalking in North Ryde. A lot of species were given as tribute to Joseph Banks.ReplyDelete
A bold and beautiful example of the banksia! Love the contrast of coloured one and grey ones as a background canvas!ReplyDelete
What an amazing looking flower. It is unusual, to my eyes, and very beautiful.ReplyDelete