Common name: wallum banksia
Banksia aemula R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Banksia serratifolia Salisb. APNI*
Description: Bushy shrub robust tree to 8 m high; bark warty, slightly friable, brownish; branchlets tomentose.
Leaves alternate, narrow-obovate to oblong, 3–20 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, apex truncate to emarginate with a mucro, base attenuate, margins toothed, both surfaces rusty-tomentose but eventually glabrescent.
Conflorescences 4–20 cm long. Perianth 35–45 mm long, pale yellow to greenish cream, persistent. Style slightly curved, greenish, persistent.
Follicles up to 25, 3–4.5 cm long.
Flowering: mainly Mar.–June.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in either low sclerophyll woodland or tall shrubland (wallum) on consolidated sand dunes, also on sandy flats which are sometimes seasonally waterlogged; on the coast north from Sydney.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1999)
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