Banksia violacea is a species of shrub or tree in the plant genus Banksia. It generally grows as a small shrub to 1. 5 m high with fine narrow leaves. It is found in southern regions of Western Australia from Esperance in the east to Narrogin in the west.
About Banksia violacea in brief
Banksia violacea is a species of shrub or tree in the plant genus Banksia. It generally grows as a small shrub to 1. 5 m high with fine narrow leaves. It is found in southern regions of Western Australia from Esperance in the east to Narrogin in the west, growing exclusively in sandy soils. The species was at one stage considered a variety of B. sphaerocarpa. There are no recognised subspecies or varieties, both lignotuberous and nonlignot tuberous forms exist for Banksia violacea. The flower spikes arise from lateral stems lie partly within the foliage. New growth occurs in summer, and flowering ranges from November to April with a peak in February, but can be irregular in timing. Wasps, ants and flies have been recorded visiting flower spikes. The type specimen was collected by the West Australian botanist Charles Gardner on December 1926.
Regarded as of little value to floriculture, it is rarely cultivated. The bright green cotyledon leaves of the seedlings are oblong to linear in shape and measure 1.5 cm long by 0. 3 cm wide. The greenish red hypocotyl is hairy, as are the stems of young plants. The mottled dark grey seed body is falcate and measures 1. 2–1. 8 cm long and 0. 2-0. 25 cm wide. It opens with fire, releasing a winged wedge-shaped seed 2–2. 5 long. The fruiting structure or follicle is a stout woodycone with a hairy appearance caused by the persistence of old withered flower parts. The old flowers gradually fade to brown. They measure 1–2 m long, 0. 6 cm high and about 0. 8– 2. 2 cm – wide. They are quite flattened and lack a ridge along the valve line. When young, the follicles are greenish in colour and slightly sticky, and covered in fine white hairs.