Banksia canei J.H.Willis

Mountain Banksia

Muelleria 1: 118 (1967) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading, flat-crowned shrub to c. 3 m high; bark smooth, red- to grey-brown; branchlets finally glabrescent. Leaves alternate, scattered, linear or narrowly obovate to lanceolate, 2–5(–10) cm long, 5–10 mm wide, discolorous, upper surface dark green, more or less glabrous, lower surface white-tomentose, main veins rusty-pubescent; apex acute or obtuse, mucronate; margins entire or with a few spiny teeth; petiole 2–4 mm long. Inflorescence 5–15 cm long, 4–6 cm wide at anthesis. Tepals 15–20 mm long, pale yellow, limb often blue-grey at anthesis, hairy, deciduous; style gently curved, deciduous. Follicles to c. 150, 12–25 mm long, white-or rusty-tomentose, glabrescent except at base; opening only after fire; body of seed more or less semicircular, c. 7 mm long, wing to c. 16 mm long. Flowers Nov.–May

EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Naturalised in WA. Scattered sporadically through higher parts (mostly 1000–1500 m) of eastern Victoria and sometimes locally plentiful. Found mostly on dry, rocky ridges, in open-forest or subalpine mallee scrubs.

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 canei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Banksia canei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales