Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

Banksia nutans var. nutans

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - December

Common name nodding banksia
Scientific name Banksia nutans R.Br. var. nutans
Family   Proteaceae

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, botanist who travelled with Captain Cook.

Species: From Latin nutans, nodding, referring to the pendulous inflorescences.

Distribution From the southern coastal region of Western Australia.
Native habitat Grows in deep sand over gravel or on old dunes.

A small spreading shrub with pinky brown inflorescences.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in winter to summer.

Location in Garden

In our Banksia Garden in Beds 159b, 160a, 163 and 167.


It has dense blue-green foliage, brown pendant flower heads and prefers a very well-drained soil in partial to full-sun. It is tolerant of most frosts and withstands limited coastal exposure.

Interestingly, it appears to be mainly pollinated by the honey possum, Tarsipes rostratus, which is a tiny (7-10 g) marsupial. This would account for the downward hanging flower heads which are often hidden in the foliage and very near, or touching, the ground. This secretive habit gives the possums some protection from predators as they scamper from flower to flower and plant to plant.





Banksia nutans

Banksia nutans

Banksia nutans