Botanical Name: Banksia spinulosa
Common Name: Hairpin Banksia
Banksia: Named after botanist Sir Joseph Banks.
spinulosa: From Latin, meaning with small spines referring to the leaves.
Habitat: Heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll on sandstone.
Habit: Shrub 1 – 3m.
Leaves: Narrow and finely toothed.
Flowers: Yellow to orange cones, 6-20cm long. Yellow to dark-red to purple-black styles. Attracts nectar eating birds and bees which are its main pollinators.
Flowering time: April to August
Range: NSW coast and Queensland. Fairly common in The Hills Shire on sandstone.