Banksia canei J.H.Willis (1967)
The specific name honours Victorian nurseryman Bill Cane, who was the first person to realise that this banksia was possibly a new species. The type was gathered at Wulgulmerang in eastern Victoria in 1962 by J.H.Willis who was government botanist at the Melbourne Herbarium.
A much branched shrub to 3m with a similar appearance to B.marginata, this species occurs in the high country in eastern Victoria, usually above 500m, sometimes over 1000m.
Confusing species: B. marginata (refer) which grows in the same areas. The thin follicles on a cone that holds its old flower parts, and the blunt leaves of marginata should help to distinguish between these species. B. canei has deeply serrated juvenile foliage.
Distribution: Not widespread and never coastal, it is found in the Snowy Ranges between the Moroka and Barkly Rivers. It is also found north west from Omeo and eastwards to Wulgulmerang and Little River areas in Eastern Victoria. NSW Tuross River area, small populations in the Bogong mountains west of ACT not a common banksia.
Flowering period: January to March, perhaps an early flower in Dec.
Conservation status: Not considered endangered.
Fire tolerance: Probably killed by fire and regenerates from seed.
Where to see: There are small scattered populations through the ranges east of Omeo. We found this banksia most elusive, many areas have been severely burnt and will take time to reach flowering stage. Wulgulmerang and Little River areas have the greatest population of this species.