Meaning of banksia man in English:

banksia man


informal Australian
  • A nickname for the large woody cone produced by some species of banksia shrub.

    • ‘take thongs for walking over the lumpy banksia men’
    • ‘The Banksia men are nonetheless identical to the gumnuts in being 'vegetable in origin', which is to say, the product of asexual reproduction.’
    • ‘Most menacing are the large, dark and hairy Banksia men, whose bodies are covered with 'odd apertures', lip-shaped, vulva-like protuberances.’
    • ‘Pull off the clawed arms and knobby legs of a Banksia Man and he turns into a fruiting cob.’
    • ‘It's like a banksia-man, with gaping seedcases.’
    • ‘The mature conelike spike has several two-lipped woody fruits embedded in the whiskery remains of the flowers, giving the Bad Banksia Man appearance familiar to older people.’


Early 20th century from the name of the characters in the children's story The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1918) by May Gibbs.