Banksia oblongifolia, the fern-leaved banksia, is a many-stemmed shrub
up to 3 m (9.8 ft) high, with leathery serrated leaves and rusty-
coloured new growth. It is found along the eastern coast of Australia
from Wollongong, New South Wales, in the south to Rockhampton,
Queensland, in the north, generally growing in sandy soils in heath,
open forest or swamp margins and wet areas. The yellow flower spikes
commonly appear in autumn and early winter, developing up to 80 seed
pods. The pods open and release seed when burnt, and the shrub resprouts
from its woody lignotuber after bushfires. Spanish botanist Antonio
José Cavanilles described B. oblongifolia in 1800. Two varieties were
recognised in 1987, but these have not been generally accepted. A wide
array of mammals, birds, and invertebrates visit the flower spikes.
Though easily grown as a garden plant, the shrub is not commonly seen in
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