Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tall shrub to 6 m high; lignotuber absent; bark smooth, becoming corky, grey-brown; branchlets finally glabrescent. Leaves alternate, crowded, linear, c. 1–2 cm long, 0.7–1 mm wide, discolorous, upper surface green, glabrescent, lower surface paler, tomentose; apex truncate, mucronate; margins entire except for a tooth on either side of the apex, revolute; petiole 1–2 mm long. Inflorescence 7–22 cm long, 5–7 cm wide at anthesis. Tepals 19–28 mm long, golden-brown to pale yellow, often mauve at base, hairy, persistent in fruit; style hooked below apex, gold to orange-red, somewhat persistent. Follicles numerous, 13–22 mm long, hirsute; mostly opening with fire. Body of seed body cuneate, 9–10 mm long, wing to c. 20 mm long.   Flowers mainly Apr.–Aug.

*GipP, *OtP. Native to the east coast of New South Wales. Widely grown and occasionally escaping cultivation in Victoria, usually in sandy soils (e.g. Anglesea area, Inverloch).

Hybrids with Banksia spinulosa are also grown.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-05-08
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Banksia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory