Candle Banksia (Banksia attenuata)
The Candle Banksia is one of the most common banksias found across much of the Southwest of Western Australia. It is also referred to as the Slender Banksia due to its slender leaves. The leaves of the Candle Banksia have distinctive serrated edges, and are covered in spectacular – looking hairs as they grow, as shown here. During spring and summer (October to February) these trees produces numerous large yellow flower spikes up to 25cm tall and 5cm wide thta look like candles.
The middle image shows a fallen banksia cone that was probably dropped by a Carnabys’ Black Cockatoo, which fed on them in winter. A germinating banksia seeds is located next to the cone. Some seeds from banksia cones automatically fall every summer, so if you are observant, you will find banksia seedlings scattered throughout the reserve in winter.
The Candle Banksia flowers provides a great food source for nectar eating birds, like the Wattlebird below, and insects. There is always a species of Banksia in flower at Warwick Bushland, providing a food source all year around.