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Banksia ericifolia subsp. macrantha

As with Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia, this is a compact shrub up to 5 m high, but the leaves are more crowded, the individual flowers are larger and the flower colour is often darker.

It is an adaptable species and makes a good windbreak or screen plant and can withstand a considerable amount of salt spray. The dense foliage and nectar-rich flowers make it an excellent choice for attracting both insectivorous and honey-eating birds. It prefers well-drained soil and would make a useful and decorative addition to a large garden.

Common nameheath-leaved banksia
Scientific nameBanksia ericifolia subsp. macrantha (A.S.George) A.S.George
FamilyProteaceae
Etymology

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, botanist who travelled with Captain Cook.

Species: Having leaves similar to the genus Erica; from Greek, macro, large and anthos, flowered. Referring to the larger inflorescences of this subspecies.

DistributionThis subspecies is from the north and mid-north coast of New South Wales.
Native habitatOccurs in coastal heaths where the water table is seasonally high.
DescriptionMedium to large shrub.
Flowering/fruitingFlowers in autumn and winter
Location in gardenIn beds 150 and 159 in the Banksia Garden.
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