Banksia ornata F.Muell. ex Meisn.

Desert Banksia

Linnaea 26: 352 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to c. 3 m high; lignotuber absent; bark thin, grey; branchlets slightly ribbed, hirsute to pubescent with a mixture of spreading and short, curled hairs. Leaves alternate, narrowly obovate to obovate-cuneate, 3–10 cm long, 4–25 mm wide, slightly discolorous, upper surface green, at first hirsute, soon glabrous, lower surface at first loosely woolly, finally glabrescent; margins serrate except near base, more or less flat or slightly recurved; apex obtuse to truncate, mucronate; petiole 1–5 mm long. Inflorescence 5–11 cm long, 7–9 cm wide at anthesis. Tepals 30–35 mm long, cream with a grey to pale ferruginous limb, hairy, persistent; style gently curved in upper third, persistent. Follicles to c. 50, 15–30 mm long, densely tomentose-hirsute, grey, opening only after fire. Body of seed more or less cuneate, 8–11 mm long, wing 21–25 mm long. Flowers mainly May–Sep.

DunT, Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, VRiv, Wim. Also SA. In Victoria confined to far west between Murrayville and the Grampians with outlying populations near Casterton. Usually grows in deep sand in heathland or mallee scrub and often locally common.

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 ornata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Banksia ornata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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Western Australia
South Australia