Banksia marginata, the silver banksia, is a species of tree or woody
shrub found throughout much of southeastern Australia. It ranges from
the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia to north of Armidale, New South
Wales, and across Tasmania and the islands of Bass Strait. It grows in
various habitats, including Eucalyptus forest, scrub, heathland and
moorland. B. marginata varies widely in habit, ranging from a small
shrub, 20 cm (7.9 in) high, to a large tree, 12 m (40 ft) tall. Its
narrow leaves are linear. Its yellow flower spikes appear in late
summer, eventually fading to brown and then grey and developing woody
follicles bearing the winged seeds. Many species of bird, in particular
honeyeaters, forage at the flower spikes, as do native and European
honeybees. Although the silver banksia has been used for timber, it is
most commonly seen as a garden plant, with dwarf forms being
commercially propagated and sold.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_marginata>
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