Australian Plants and Flowers, Nature
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Candlestick Banksia – Piara

Candlestick Banksia attenuata Kalbarri National Park Western Australia

The Candlestick or slender Banksia (Banksia attenuata) – also known by its Nyungar name Piara – is the most widely distributed western Banksia. It occurs on sandy soils from Cape Leeuwin to Fitzgerald National Park in the south-west of Western Australia and as far as the Murchison River and Kalbarri National Park to the north. In the latter we encountered numerous small shrubs with early budding, almost green spikes that slowly develop into bright yellow during anthesis – ready to attract insects, birds and mammals for pollination.

Candlestick Banksia attenuata Kalbarri National Park Western Australia

7 Comments

  1. shungphotography says

    Thanks for sharing. I always see and learn something new from your postings.

  2. What an impressive plant (I guess it would be correct to call it flower also?)! It reminded me of an octopus – just on land:) Beautiful captures!

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