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Old man banksia

Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

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Old man banksias are found along eastern Australia and the Bass Strait. Also known as saw banksia, due to their serrated-edge leaf, old man banksias produce large yellow-green banksias which are made up of numerous tiny individual flowers that often appear hairy due to the retention of old withered flower parts. These flowers attract insects and birds, making areas old man banksias are found in great for bird watching.

Adapted to withstand extremes, the thick, roughened bark, often stunted growth and gnarled limbs of the old man banksia may be the result of exposure to strong winds, salt spray or bushfire. After fires, old man banksia will spring back to life with epicormic shoots visible along the bark within a week. The intense heat assists the tough seed heads to split open.

Plant facts

Common name
Old man banksia
Scientific name
Banksia serrata
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this plant is found

Banksia flower. Photo:John Yurasek