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Family Proteaceae

Banksia ericifolia Heath Banksia

A low shrub that only very occasionally grows into a small tree. The leaves are bright green and only about 1.5 cm long, needle-shaped, with both margins rolled under and two small spines at the end. The inflorescence is orange to red, with long red styles. This species is somewhat similar to, and occurs together with, B. spinulosa. However, B. spinulosa prefers to grow under the cover of trees and shrubs, whereas B. ericifolia grows out in the open.

Habitat: Open heath, sandy shallow soils. Often in swamps.

Flowering: Autumn

Distribution: Along the NSW coastal zone, from north coast to south coast, also central and southern tablelends.

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