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Western Australian Banksias
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According to the Australian National Botanic Gardens there are 76 species of Banksia - with 60 unique to south Western Australia.

This web-page only has 4 of these Banksias, but as you will quickly see they are very different from the Banksias found in the Sydney region - and are very special indeed.

The Scarlet Banksia (Banksia coccinea) - above and to the right - is found around Albany and into the adjacent Stirling Ranges.

It is sometimes referred to as the Albany or Waratah Banksia, and is very hard to cultivate.

These photos were taken in Albany.

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The Cut-leaf Banksia (Banksia praemorsa) is readily distinguished by its unique leaves (below).

Cut-leaf Banksia leaf

It is a small tree to 4 metres. Its flower spikes are around 8cm.

This Banksia is also only found around the Albany area.

The photos were taken in Albany.

Bull Banksia pa250072 image 190KB Bull Banksia leaf

The Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) although having a similar spike to the Cut-leaf Banksia, has completely different leaves.

Although growing to a small tree, the species in these photos were of a medium size - being on exposed moors near the sea. The flower spikes were about 20cm in length.

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The photos were taken at Madfish Bay which is in the William Bay National Park near Denmark.

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The branches of the Prostrate Banksia (Banksia gardneri), as its name implies, spread along the ground.

The flower spike is about 10cm in length.

It was previously called Banksia prostrata.

The photo was taken in the Stirling Range National Park which is 60km north of Albany.