Silver Banksia
Banksia marginata

Summary

The bark is pale grey and initially smooth before becoming finely tessellated with age. The narrow leaves are linear and the yellow inflorescences (flower spikes) occur from late summer to early winter. The flower spikes fade to brown and then grey and develop woody follicles bearing the winged seeds

Many species of bird, in particular honeyeaters, forage at the flower spikes, as do native and European honeybees. The response to bushfire varies. Some populations are serotinous: they are killed by fire and regenerate from large stores of seed which have been held in cones in the plant canopy and are released after a fire. Others regenerate from underground lignotubers or suckers from lateral roots.


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Habitat

It grows in various habitats, including Eucalyptus forest, scrub, heathland and moorland

Distribution

It ranges from the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia to north of Armidale, New South Wales, and across Tasmania and the islands of Bass Strait

Size

Ranging from a 20-centimetre shrub to a 12-metre tree

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