Banksia serrata L.f.

Saw Banksia

Suppl. Pl. 126 (1782) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or tree to c. 16 m high; lignotuber present or absent; bark thick, warty, grey-brown; branchlets hirsute and tomentose with pale, velvety hairs, finally glabrescent. Leaves alternate, crowded, broad-oblong to narrowly obovate, mostly 10–20 cm long, 1–4.5 cm wide, not or slightly discolorous, upper surface green, shiny, lower surface at first tomentose; margins serrate except near base, slightly recurved, apex obtuse to truncate, mucronate; petiole 5–20 mm long. Inflorescence 7–20 cm long, 9–12 cm wide at anthesis. Tepals 38–45 mm long, cream with a grey limb, hairy, persistent; style gently curved downwards then upwards, persistent. Follicles to c. 30, 25–35 mm long, prominently exserted, densely tomentose, brownish, glabrescent, opening only after fire. Body of seed more or less obovate, 10–12 mm long, wing 30–34 mm long. Flowers mostly Jan.–Jun.

EGL, EGU, GipP, Strz, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. In Victoria confined to coastal and hinterland areas east of Waratah Bay. Often locally common on sandy soils in open-forests.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-05-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Banksia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Banksia serrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Banksia serrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory