Banksia (Banksia marginata)


Family: Proteaceae

Habitat: Widespread understory tree, scrub

Flowering time:

Kaurna name:   Pitpauwe

Description and uses:

Banksias are striking small trees with characteristic flowers and cones that hold seeds. They need fire to release the seeds and for them to germinate.

The flowers are soaked in water to extract the nectar and make a sweet drink (called Kundanye)  mixed with  wattle gum in order to make a sweet lolly

The wood is  used to make needles and the dried flowers and cones used to strain water for drinking.