Banksia sceptrum, the sceptre banksia, is a plant that grows in Western
Australia near the central west coast from Geraldton north through
Kalbarri to Hamelin Pool, extending inland almost to Mullewa. It is
generally a shrub up to 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 2–4 m
(7–13 ft) high, sometimes reaching 5 m (16 ft). First collected and
grown by early settler James Drummond in Western Australia, it was
described by Swiss botanist Carl Meissner in 1855. In nature,
B. sceptrum grows in deep yellow or pale red sand in tall shrubland,
commonly on dunes. It is killed in bushfires and regenerates by seed,
the woody follicles opening with fire. B. sceptrum is one of the most
striking yellow-flowered banksias, with tall bright flower spikes
(inflorescences) that are well displayed on the ends of branches.
Flowering is in summer, mainly December and January, though flowers are
occasionally seen at other times.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_sceptrum>
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