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Banksia conferta A.S.George, Nuytsia 3: 284 (1981)

T: Mt Tibrogargon, Glass House Mtns, Qld, 25 Apr. 1975, A.S.George 13000 ; holo: BRI; iso: CANB, MEL, NSW, PERTH.

Shrub to 4 m, rather irregular; without lignotuber. Bark roughly tessellated, grey. Stems villous, glabrescent, orange, red or brown. Leaves whorled; petiole 5–10 mm long; lamina somewhat undulate, elliptic to obovate, 3.5–12 cm long, 0.7–4 cm wide, obtuse; margins recurved, entire or serrate; upper surface hirsute and pubescent, glabrescent; lower surface hirsute and white-tomentose, glabrescent on nerves. Inflorescence 7–19 cm long; involucral bracts 10–20 mm long, tomentose, persistent. Flowers crowded, yellowish green to pinkish brown in bud, golden when open; styles pale yellow. Perianth 20–26 mm long including limb of 3–4 mm, closely pubescent outside, glabrous inside. Pistil slightly curved, 22–26 mm long, slender, glabrous; pollen presenter less than 1 mm long, scarcely thickened. Old flowers persistent for several years. Follicles many, commonly more than 100, narrowly elliptic, 8–15 mm long, 2–6 mm high, 3–5 mm wide; valves semi-elliptic, smooth, hirsute, glabrescent where exposed. Seed obovate, 14–17 mm long; seed body lunate, 8–9 mm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, smooth. 

Occurs in south-eastern Qld and the Blue Mtns, N.S.W. 

Follicles mostly remaining closed until burnt. Related to B. integrifolia which is usually a tree and has pale yellow, less crowded flowers that soon fall from the developing fruit, and follicles that open when mature.

There are two subspecies.


Adult leaves entire

subsp. conferta

Adult leaves serrate

subsp. penicillata


Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 16 (1995), 17A (2000) and 17B (1999), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia