The Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes) trees at Lake Claremont, in Perth’s Western suburbs, are in full bloom now – and will continue to flower right through the autumn and winter.
As we’ve mentioned before, the common name of this plant refers to the fact that the flowers are shaped like giant acorns. The scientific name takes a bit more explaining. The name Banksia honours Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who visited the east coast of Australia in 1770 with Captain Cook. Banks was impressed with the Banksias that he saw. However about 80% of the species live only in Western Australia, so he never saw most of them. The species name prionotes probably refers to the tree’s saw-toothed leaves, since prion is the ancient Greek word for saw.