Banksia brownii, commonly known as feather-leaved banksia or Brown's banksia, is a species of shrub that grows in southwest Western Australia. An attractive plant with fine feathery leaves and large red-brown flower spikes, it usually grows as an upright bush around two metres (7 ft) high, but can also grow as an openly branched small tree to six metres or as a low, spreading shrub in exposed locations . It occurs naturally only in two population clusters between Albany and the Stirling Range in southwest Western Australia. Banksia brownii grows in a range of habitats from mountain tops and slopes, in thicket and mallee-heath on rocky sand clay loam soils in the Stirling Range; and in mallee heath and low woodland, on sandy clay soils
is a heavy producer of nectar, and serves as a food source for a range of nectariferous birds, mammals and insects. Honeyeaters such as the New Holland honeyeater, western spinebill and red wattlebird are frequent visitors that often carry heavy pollen loads, making them important pollinators. Nocturnal mammals such as the bush rat and honey possum also carry heavy pollen loads,
Threats to B. brownii include loss of habitat due to land clearing, commercial exploitation, disease, and changes to the fire regime. B. brownii has been assessed as having a very high risk of extinction. It is estimated that without protective measures in place, it would be extinct within a decade; and that extinction would be "not only a tragedy in itself but may have unforeseen, and potentially disastrous, consequences for the functioning of the fauna (four threatened bird species Western Ground Parrot, Western Bristlebird , Western Whipbird and Noisy Scrub-bird.) and flora communities of which this banksia is an integral part.
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