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Banksia cunninghamii Sieber ex Rchb. APNI*
Synonyms: Banksia cunninghamii Sieber ex Rchb. subsp. cunninghamii APNI*
Banksia spinulosa var. cunninghamii (Sieber ex Rchb.) A.S.George APNI*
Description: Shrub to 5 m high, lignotuber absent, multi- or single-stemmed at base; bark smooth, becoming tessellated; branchlets usually hirsute.
Leaves alternate, scattered, linear to ± oblanceolate, 2–7 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, apex mucronate, base attenuate, margins recurved to revolute, adult leaves mostly entire except for a few teeth towards apex, jevenile leaves strongly toothed; lower surface tomentose, lateral venation obscure; petiole 1–3 mm long.
Conflorescences 6–15 cm long. Perianth 20–30 mm long, yellow or golden, persistent. Style hooked below apex, yellow throughout or dark red to purple-black in upper part, falling within a year.
Follicles up to 100, very crowded, 10–24 mm long, opening either with fire or spontaneously.
Flowering: Flowers April–August
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, chiefly on the coastal ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by G.J. Harden
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