Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
Banksia ericifolia subsp. macrantha
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - July
|Common name ||heath-leaved banksia|
|Scientific name ||Banksia ericifolia subsp. macrantha (A.S.George) A.S.George|
|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.
|Distribution ||This subspecies is from the north and mid-north coast of New South Wales.|
|Native habitat ||Occurs in coastal heaths where the water table is seasonally high.|
|Description || |
Medium to large shrub.
|Flowering/fruiting ||Flowers in autumn and winter|
Location in Garden
In beds 150 and 159 in the Banksia Garden.
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.
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