Banksia robur, Fam. Proteaceae
Low shrub with several stems arising from the lignotuber, usually not taller than 3m.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Large, obovate, stiff leaves with toothed margins, dense curly white to red hairs on undersurface.
|Flower description:||Terminal, 10-20 x 8-10cm. The inflorescences proceed through a range of colours with age including iridescent jade when young to golden yellow when mature, Summer to winter.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, woody follicles with valves 1-3cm across.|
|Habitat:||Coastal dune, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Nectar eaten by the little and red wattlebirds, little friarbird and the brown, blue faced, Lewin's, New Holland, tawny crowned and white cheeked honeyeaters. Flowers and/or nectar eaten by the swift parrot. Larval food plant of the fiery jewel butterfly.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Follicles opened by fire, resprouts readily from lignotuber after fire. Commonly used in horticulture. New growth is a velvety rusty brown. Useful in honey production.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|