Banksia formosa (R.Br.) A.R.Mast & K.R.Thiele
Showy Dryandra

Austral.Syst.Bot. 20:68 (2007)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect, non-lignotuberous shrub, 1-3 m high. Fl. yellow-orange, May or Sep to Dec. Yellow sand, gravel, skeletal sandy soils over sandstone or granite. Dunes, hillslopes, granite outcrops.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 18 August 2008

Scientific Description

Shrubs, 1-3 m high; branchlets hairy. Leaves petiolate, alternate, 115-240 mm long, 6-11 mm wide, hairy; petiole 2-3 mm long; lamina flat, once divided, pinnately divided, deeply divided, with 25-46 lobes on each side, the margins recurved. Inflorescences tomentose (with matted or tangled, soft, woolly hairs) or villous (with soft, shaggy, weak and straight hairs), orange; innermost bracts 16-20 mm long, hairy. Perianth 28-35 mm long, hairy, all over, limb apex hirsute (with long, rough and coarse hairs), without awns; pistil 32-55 mm long, curved, style hairy. Follicles glabrous, elliptic, 11-13 mm long. Flowers in June, July, August or September. Occurs in the South-west (SW) Botanical Province(s), in the Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Jarrah Forest (JF), 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, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Busselton, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Manjimup, Nannup, Plantagenet.