Banksia serrata L.f.

Old Man Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia, Red Honeysuckle

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Banksia

Category: Tree

Size: To 50' tall


Leaves glossy, dark green, to 8" long, linear, toothed, prominent mid-rib. Flowers silvery to white.

Banksia with linear leaves, tapering to the foot-stalks, equally sawed at the edge, appearing cut off at the end with a sharp point.

The cones to which the seed-vessels are fixed, something resemble those of the stone pine, but much larger, and the wood more hard: the seeds are inclosed in capsules which are placed at a considerable distance from each other, at irregular intervals; the spaces filled up with long harsh threads, and apparently abortive seed-vessels. (Bot. Repos.)

See Australian Plant Image Index for photographs.

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Published in Suppl. Pl. 126 in 1782.

Native to Australia.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 2: 82 in 1800. ...received by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, from Botany Bay in 1788….

Synonyms Banksia mitis Salisb. ex Knight., Banksia conchifera Gaertn., Banksia undulata Lindl. published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 16: 1316 in 1830.


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