Saw-Tooth Banksia

Saw-Tooth Banksia (Banksia prionotes)

A compact banksia, growing up to 10 m tall on the western side of the coastal plain, largely north of the Swan river.  Many banksias have serrated leaves, but those of this species are thought to especially resemble a saw.  In Greek, prionotes means “saw-like”.  Flowers occur in autumn and winter.  They are white when unopened and orange when open, the lowest flowers on the spike opening first.

Ref: “Leaf and branch: trees and tall shrubs of Perth” by Robert Powell.  Published by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, 2009.