Banksia caleyi is a species of woody shrub of the family Proteaceae. Found south and east of the Stirling Ranges through to the vicinity of Jerramungup, it grows in a habitat marked by periodic bushfires. The species was classified as ‘Not Threatened’ under the Wildlife Conservation Act of Western Australia.
About Banksia caleyi in brief
Banksia caleyi is a species of woody shrub of the family Proteaceae native to Western Australia. It generally grows as a dense shrub up to 2 m tall, has serrated leaves and red, pendent inflorescences which are generally hidden in the foliage. First described by Scottish naturalist Robert Brown in 1830, it was named in honour of the English botanist George Caley. It is one of three or four related species with hanging inflorescence, which is an unusual feature within the genus. Found south and east of the Stirling Ranges through to the vicinity of Jerramungup, it grows in a habitat marked by periodic bushfires. Plants are killed by fire and regenerate by seed afterwards. It appears to have some resistance to dieback from the soil-borne water mould Phytophthora cinnamomi, and is comparatively easy to grow in cultivation. The species was classified as ‘Not Threatened’ under the Wildlife Conservation Act of Western Australia and is not considered a threatened species by the RSPB.
No subspecies of Banksia aculeata Baleyi are recognised, but there are no different varieties of B caleyi found in other parts of Australia. The type specimen was collected by William Baxter, inland from King George Sound on Western Australia’s south coast, in 29.5656. Carl Carl Meissner placed B ercinae in series Quercina in 1856 to account for its strongly arrangement of its strongly dentate, cuneate to obovate leaves. As they were defined on leaf characters alone, all of the species were described as ‘Banksi aculea’ in Meissener’s Meisser’s series. The flowers are cream at the base and deep pink to red in the upper half, and are brightest before anthesis and then gradually fade with age. The flower is composed of the wedge-shaped seed body proper, measuring 1. 4–1. 5 cm long and 1. 6 1. 7 wide, and a papery wing.