Red silky oak
Grevillea banksii, Fam. Proteaceae
Slender tree to about 9m, tips of young branchlets are noticeably pubescent.
|Form or habit:||Small tree|
Pinnatisect, alternate, 14-25cm long, green and more or less hairless above with a dense layer of pale to rust coloured silky hairs below.
|Flower description:||Terminal racemes up to 14cm long, red and cream flowered varieties are commonly seen locally. Mostly winter to spring.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, woody follicles, tipped with a persistent style.|
|Habitat:||Coastal dune, grassland, woodland.|
|Food source for:||Nectar eaten by the rainbow lorikeet, little and red wattlebirds, noisy miner and the New Holland, striped and white cheeked honeyeaters.|
|Toxicity:||Dermatological or allergic reaction possible.|
|Notes:||Grow from seed. Several cultivars and hybrids have been produced and are widely used in horticulture.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|