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Flower – taken in Kings Park Perth in Western Australia.
Banksia petiolaris is an attractive prostrate shrub that can cover an area of several square metres, with their near vertical lightly lobed grey/green leaves are quite distinctive in its small-leaf heathland habitat and will draw your attention even when not in flower.It grows in well-drained deep sand, or sand over gravel in relatively flat or gently undulating country, from around 100 km (60 miles) west of Esperance, to 40 km north in the wheatbelt (south of Mt Burdett), and progressively to the heaths of Israelite Bay 200 km east of Esperance. It is not particularly widespread, but once encountered it is often very common, occurring in extensive colonies. Unlike some other prostrate banksias, the branches of Banksia petiolaris are above ground, so when periodic bushfires pass through the plants are killed, but grow again from the seed held in the fire resistant follicles that open to release it once the fire has passed. They germinate quickly and are quite fast growing, so it is not long before new plants are once again producing flowers and seed. In the act of reproduction they are helped with pollination by birds and probably the Honey Possum, plus invertebrates possibly play a part.Flowering is from September to December, although they tend to begin and finish a little later in a good rainfall season when the soil surface has completely dried and less likely to become seriously wet from further rainfall (Esperance Wildflowers website).

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banksia petiolaris, banksia, protaeceae, red, kings park, perth, western australia, australian native plant, kalaryder, macro

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thank you Larry

    – kalaryder

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentover 2 years ago

    Nice one Mik!

  • Thanks Adrian, good to hear from you

    – kalaryder

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 2 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thank you

    – kalaryder

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 2 years ago

    Fab capture.

  • Thank you :)

    – kalaryder

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    My friend:)
    This is splendid; Such a beautiful work, thank you to inspire friends:)
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