Banksia ilicifolia is a tree in the family Proteaceae. Endemic to
southwest Western Australia, it belongs to Banksia subg. Isostylis, a
subgenus of three closely related Banksia species with inflorescences
that are dome-shaped heads rather than characteristic Banksia flower
spikes. It is generally a tree up to 10 metres (33 ft) tall with a
columnar or irregular habit. Both the scientific and common names arise
from the similarity of its foliage to that of the English holly Ilex
aquifolium; the glossy green leaves generally have very prickly serrated
margins, although some plants lack toothed leaves. The inflorescences
are initially yellow but become red-tinged with maturity; this acts as a
signal to alert birds that the flowers have opened and nectar is
available. Robert Brown described Banksia ilicifolia in 1810. Although
the tree is variable in growth form, with low coastal shrubby forms on
the south coast near Albany, there are no recognised varieties as such.
Distributed broadly, the species is restricted to sandy soils. Unlike
its close relatives which are killed by fire and repopulate from seed,
Banksia ilicifolia regenerates after bushfire by regrowing from
epicormic buds under its bark.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_ilicifolia>
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