Banksia occidentalis R.Br.
Red Swamp Banksia

Trans.Linn.Soc.London 10:172 (1810)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Non-lignotuberous, small tree or shrub, 1-7 m high. Fl. yellow & orange & red, Sep to Dec or Jan to May. Sand or peaty sand. Low-lying areas, swamps, seepage areas, consolidated sand dunes.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 31 July 1995

Scientific Description

Shrubs, 1.5-4 m high; branchlets glabrous or hairy. Leaves petiolate, whorled, 30-105 mm long, 2-4 mm wide, hairy; petiole 0 mm long; lamina flat, more or less the same width throughout, once divided, pinnately divided or divided only at the apex, shallowly divided, teeth distinctly pointing towards the apex, with 1-4 lobes on each side, the margins recurved or revolute. Inflorescences tomentose (with matted or tangled, soft, woolly hairs), yellow or red; innermost bracts 7-10 mm long, hairy. Perianth 18-27 mm long, hairy, all over, limb apex pubescent (with soft, straight, erect hairs), without awns; pistil 36-41 mm long, hooked, style glabrous. Follicles hairy, hirsute (with long, rough and coarse hairs), elliptic, 10-18 mm long. Flowers in January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November or December. Occurs in the South-west (SW) Botanical Province(s), in the Jarrah Forest (JF), Mallee (MAL), Warren (WAR) or Esperance Plains (ESP) IBRA subregion(s).

C. Hollister, N.S. Lander and K.R. Thiele, 21 November 2020


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Mallee, Fitzgerald, Northern Jarrah Forest, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Denmark, Esperance, Manjimup, Nannup, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, West Arthur.