Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Banksia aquilonia (A.S.George) A.S.George
George, A.S. (1996) Nuytsia 11(1): 22.
Northern Banksia; White Banksia; Honeysuckle; White Bottlebrush
Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.
Flowers densely packed in the spike, completely obscuring the axis of the inflorescence. No pedicels or peduncles apparent. Spikes about 6 cm or more in diam. Perianth about 25-29 mm long. Hypogynous glands four. Ovules 2 per ovary.
Cone-like fruits variable, depending on the number of individual flowers which produce seeds. Individual fruits 2-valved with the valves opening as a horizontal slit.
Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from 350-1000 m. Grows in wet sclerophyll forest, on rain forest margins and in rain forest advancing into wet sclerophyll forest.
Not widely cultivated but is fast and easy to grow. The cream 'bottlebrush' flowers are produced in profusion and attract numerous birds.