Banksia aemula, commonly known as the wallum banksia, is a shrub of the
family Proteaceae. Found from Bundaberg south to Sydney on the
Australian east coast, it is encountered as a shrub or a tree up to 8 m
(26 ft) tall in coastal heath on deep sandy soil known as Wallum. It
has wrinkled orange bark and shiny green serrated leaves, with green-
yellow flower spikes, called inflorescences, appearing in autumn. The
flower spikes turn grey as they age and large grey follicles appear. B.
aemula resprouts from its woody lignotuber after bushfires. Aemula,
Latin for "similar", comes from its resemblance to the closely related
Banksia serrata. First described by the botanist Robert Brown in the
early 19th century, it was known for many years in New South Wales as
Banksia serratifolia. This name, originally coined by Richard Anthony
Salisbury, proved invalid, and since 1981 Banksia aemula has been
accepted as the scientific name. A wide array of mammals, invertebrates,
and birds, particularly honeyeaters, visit the inflorescences and are
instrumental in pollination. It is grown as a garden plant, but less
commonly than B. serrata.
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