Banksia penicillata (A.S.George) K.R.Thiele APNI*
Synonyms: Banksia conferta subsp. penicillata (A.S.George) A.S.George APNI*
Banksia conferta var. penicillata A.S.George APNI*
Description: Shrub to 4 m high, lignotuber absent; bark smooth, thin, grey; branchlets ± striate, rusty-villous when young.
Leaves whorled, elliptic to obovate, 4–12 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, apex obtuse and often mucronate, base cuneate, margins usually toothed or lobed, lower surface white-tomentose, midrib and lateral veins with ± persistent rusty hairs; petiole 5–10 mm long.
Conflorescences 7–19 cm long. Perianth 20–25 mm long, yellowish green to bluish grey in bud, yellow at anthesis, persistent. Style slightly curved, pale yellow persistent.
Follicles usually >100, mostly 11–15 mm long, usually remaining closed until burnt.
Flowering: Flowers March–June.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, restricted to small populations in the Blue Mtns on sandstone cliffs or steep slopes and around rocky outcrops.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, CWS
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1999)
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