Dryandra anatona, Family Proteaceae, now known as Banksia anatona and also known as Cactus Dryandra, grows to 5 m tall and has one main stem with short lateral branches. The branches are covered with felty hairs and the leaves, which have wavy edges with 1012 teeth on each side, are hairy above but become hairless over time. The underside of the leaf has a white felty covering. The flattened leaf blade is 3–7 cm long and 12–22 mm wide. The inflorescence is terminal or on short lateral branchlets and composed of about 170 flowers. Cactus Dryandra flowers between January and June. Dryandra anatona has an affinity to Prickly Dryandra (Dryandra falcata), however this species is hairier, with longer (15–17 mm) floral bracts and very different fruit.
Cactus Dryandra |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Banksia anatona
The main potential threats to Cactus Dryandra are inappropriate fire regimes and grazing.
If too frequent fire occurs; there is significant risk of depleting the soil seed store (Phillimore Brown; 2001).
Australian Government, Listing Advices, Banksia anatona
Threats Known Current known threats to this species include dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi and inappropriate fire regimes.
Potential Future threats to this species include dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi and inappropriate fire regimes (Phillimore and Brown; 2001 DEC; 2010).