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Banksia baueri

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Banksia baueri

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Kingdom Plantae
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Order Proteales
Family Proteaceae
Genus Banksia
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About

The Woolly Banksia (Banksia baueri) is a species of shrub in the plant genus Banksia. It occurs in southwest Western Australia north and east of Albany. It has a distinctively large and hairy looking inflorescence which can be 300 mm or more long and up to 200 mm in diameter.

It is placed alone in series Banksia ser. Bauerinae.


Ecology

A 1985-86 field study in the Fitzgerald River National Park found it to be a main wintertime food source for the nectar-feeding honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus).[1]

Cultivation

Seeds do not require any treatment, and take 20 to 49 days to germinate.[2]

References

  1. Wooller, Ronald D.; Richardson, K. C.; Collins, B.G. (1993). "The relationship between nectar supply and the rate of capture of a nectar-dependent small marsupial Tarsipes rostratus". Journal of Zoology (London) 229 (4): 651–58. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1993.tb02662.x. 
  2. Sweedman, Luke; et al. (2006). Australian seeds: a guide to their collection, identification and biology. CSIRO Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 0643092986. 
  • George, Alex (1999). "Banksia". in Wilson, Annette (ed.). Flora of Australia: Volume 17B: Proteaceae 3: Hakea to Dryandra. CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study. pp. 175–251. ISBN 0-643-06454-0. 

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