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Banksia hookeriana x prionotes

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - March

Common name acorn banksia
Scientific name Banksia hookeriana x prionotes
Family  Proteaceae
Etymology

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820.

Species: After Sir Joseph Hooker, 19th century British botanist; and, Greek, prion, saw - referring to the saw-like leaves.

Distribution Both parents of this hybrid come from the south-west of Western Australia.
Native habitat On deep sand.
Description

A medium shrub.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in autumn to winter.

Location in Garden

You can see them in the dry stone wall terraces at the Banksia Garden.

 

These plants have been grown from seed collected off a naturally occurring hybrid and it will be interesting to see how each seedling will develop. There is the possibility that the seedlings will continue to display hybrid characteristics, or that some seedlings will favour one parent over the other.

The Waite Agricultural Research Institute of the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia released a cultivar called Banksia ‘Waite Orange’ with the same parentage some years ago which might be still available at nurseries.

Banksia hookeriana x prionotes

Banksia hookeriana x prionotes

Banksia hookeriana x prionotes