Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
(formerly Banksia 'Austraflora Pygmy Possum')
ORIGIN: Banksia 'Pygmy Possum' is a coastal form of B. serrata from Green Cape in southern NSW. The selection was made in 1975 by Austraflora Nurseries Pty Ltd of Montrose, Victoria. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in January 1985. Registration applied for by Austraflora Nurseries Pty Ltd, PO Box 146, Montrose, 3765.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a very low growing form of the species, growing to .6m tall by up to 2.5m across. The leaves and inflorescences are the smallest in the range of variation of the species. The leaves are up to 8.5cm long by 2cm wide at the widest point. The inflorescences are short and squat, generally reaching 10cm tall by up to 9cm wide, though they have been recorded from 12cm to 20cm tall.
DIAGNOSIS: Banksia ' Pygmy Possum' can immediately be distinguished by its low, sprawling growth habit and the generally smaller size of its leaves and inflorescences.
OTHER NOTES: The cultivar must be propagated by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form. Seed sown from these plants in the past has yielded low, medium and upright seedlings. Plants are drought hardy but can suffer some tip burning during severe frost.
COLOUR CODE: The flower colour is not a distinguishing feature of this cultivar. The flower colour is as for B. serrata, being greyish when in bud and yellowish when in flower.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC354; ACRA222; CBG8502339
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 27 October 1986