Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Eriostemon banksii A.Cunn. ex Endl.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Endlicher, S.F.L. (1837) Enumeratio Plantarum .. Huegel : 15. Type: Sandy shore of Endeavour River, N.S.W. 15210 L.A. (A. Cunningh., July 1819.).

Common name

Pink Wax Flower


A small tree, generally less than 25 cm dbh. Dead bark conspicuously layered.


Oil dots very numerous, almost touching one another. Leaf blades about 1.7-4.5 x 0.5-1.7 cm. Leafy twigs somewhat angular. Small, stellate hairs on the surface of the leaf blade may be visible with a lens.


Flowers about 12-15 mm diam. Sepals about 1.5-2 mm. Stamens ten, dimorphic, five long and five short. Conspicuous groups of glands visible on each filament below the anther. Filaments clothed in long, pale hairs. Two ovules per carpel.


Fruiting carpels about 7-10 mm long, conspicuously veined on the outer surface at least when dry. Stellate hairs on the outer surface of the fruiting carpels. Seeds marked by a comparatively large conspicuous hilum on the concave side.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 50 m. Grows in beach forest, monsoon forest and low closed forest on old sand dunes.

Eriostemon australasius subsp. banksii (Endl.) Paul G.Wilson, Nuytsia 1(4): 24(1971).
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