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Family Proteaceae

Banksia spinulosa Hairpin Banksia

A low shrub with linear to needle-like leaves, with two points at the end. The flower head is a rather tall cone, with flowers arranged in vertical rows. The flowers are orange and the style protruding from the flower is black, very long and recurved, hence the popular name ‘hairpin Banksia'. The branches are susceptible to fire, but the plant regrows from an underground lignotuber. The leaf shape of this species is quite variable.

Habitat: Sandstone soils in open forest and heaths.

Flowering: autumn and early winter.

Distribution: NSW north coast along coast and tablelands to Victoria. There are three subspecies, which occur in different areas within this range.

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