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Infructescences and seeds. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves and flowers/inflorescence. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Banksia aquilonia (A.S.George) A.S.George
George, A.S. (1996) Nuytsia 11(1): 22. Type: ?.
Banksia integrifolia var. aquilonia A.S.George, Nuytsia 11: 22(1996), Type: Witts Lookout No. 1, Crystal Creek National Park, S of Ingham, Queensland, 12 Appril 1975, A.S. George 12973.
Northern Banksia; White Banksia; Honeysuckle; White Bottlebrush
Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.
Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 9-20 x 0.6-1.1 cm, white on the underside. Midrib depressed on the upper surface. Terminal buds and younger leaf bearing twigs densely clothed in short, rusty brown hairs.
Flowers densely packed in the spike, completely obscuring the axis of the inflorescence. No pedicels or peduncles apparent. Spikes about 6 cm or more in diam. Perianth about 25-29 mm long. Hypogynous glands four. Ovules 2 per ovary.
Cone-like fruits variable, depending on the number of individual flowers which produce seeds. Individual fruits 2-valved with the valves opening as a horizontal slit.
Cotyledons obovate, about 10 mm long. First pair of leaves; margins serrate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade linear, margin serrate throughout, undersurface clothed in white, matted hairs; stem, terminal bud and petiole clothed in pale brown hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Not widely cultivated but is fast and easy to grow. The cream 'bottlebrush' flowers are produced in profusion and attract numerous birds.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)