Ironcaps Banksia  |  

Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla, Family Proteaceae, also known as Ironcaps Banksia, is a dense-canopied shrub or small tree to 4 m tall. It has bluish-green, narrowly linear, toothless, glaucous leaves. Flower heads are golden, erect and spherical. Fruiting cones are spherical with up to 60, often crowded, follicles. It differs from Round-fruited Banksia (Banksia sphaerocarpa var. caesia) and Fox Banksia (Banksia sphaerocarpa var. sphaerocarpa) in its longer floral whorl (49–55 mm long) and its longer pistil (carpel, female flower parts).

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla

    Threats The main identified threat to Ironcaps Banksia are direct destruction of plants through gravel mining; mineral exploration and cutting of survey lines inappropriate fire regimes weed invasion changed hydrology salinisation and fragmentation (Mollemans et al.; 1993 NLWRA; 2002).

    Mining related activities may increase weed invasion and encourage inappropriate fire regimes (Mollemans et al.; 1993).