Banksia blechnifolia is a species of flowering plant that was first
described by Victorian state botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1864. Its
leaves are reminiscent of the fern genus Blechnum. B. blechnifolia is
one of several closely related species that grow as prostrate shrubs,
with horizontal stems and thick, leathery upright leaves. The red-brown
flower spikes are up to 20 centimetres (8 in) high and appear from
September to November. As the spikes age, they turn grey and develop as
many as 25 woody seed pods. Insects such as bees, wasps, ants and flies
pollinate the flowers. Found in sandy soils in the south coastal region
of Western Australia in the vicinity of Lake King, B. blechnifolia is
non-lignotuberous, regenerating by seed after bushfire. The plant adapts
readily to cultivation, growing in well-drained sandy soils in sunny
locations. It is suitable for rockeries and as a groundcover.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_blechnifolia>
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