Plant of the Month
May 2021

POTM

Banksia seminuda (A.S.George) Rye

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This colourful flower variant of Banksia seminuda (River Banksia) displays yellow perianths typical of the species but features vibrant red styles instead of the usual bright yellow. The red styles flare out with soft curved hooks from a woody inflorescence axis. The inflorescence spikes grow to 10–15 cm in length and can be observed from April–July.

River Banksia is endemic to WA and occurs from Dwellingup to Broke Inlet and east to Two Peoples Bay, where it grows in red loam or gravelly loam along rivers and creeks in Jarrah-Marri forest, occasionally on sandy flats and coastal dunes.

Photo: R. Davis

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