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    Default Banksia helpafolia

    I need some help identifying this flower. It is about 5-6cm high, taken on the Coast Road behind Lennox Head, Far North Coast of NSW. It was growing in a coastal banksia heath, other plants growing included Banksia ericifolia and Banksia intergrifolia. This flower was smaller and different flower structure to the intergrifolia.

    No luck using books and web so far. Thanks.

    I named it Banksia helpafoila until I find its real name!

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    Still having no luck identifying this flower, it is also present further south at Evans Head (Dirawong Reserve).
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    It’s not integrafolia is it? Definitely a “Honeysuckle“
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    Andrew

    This flower and plant (slightly different leaf and only about 2m high) were distinctly different to the integrafolia that was also present.

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    Could be a hybrid then by the looks of it
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    Hi Michael, Ttere are only 12 Banksia sp. listed in the flora of NSW so not many to choose from. I would not discount integrifolia, it is noted to be a variable species and intermediate forms between the two sub species occur in northern NSW.

    Looking at the key the first species picked off is integrifolia and it says, leaves whorled, which means a number of leaves borne at the same level of stem. There are two other species with leaves in whorls (penicillata and paludosa) and your plant is neither of those species. Your plant has leaves in whorls as far as I can see, so I would be calling it integrifolia unless you can come up with a good reason not to. A good reason does not include "the leaves are slightly different" as it is noted that the leaf shape is quite variable in integrifolia as is the habit.
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    Chris

    Thanks for the feedback. The other flower, its structure and leaf exactly matched the photo in the Banksia book my father had, but not this flower.

    You raise an interesting point about variations, as I was already thinking along those lines. It may well be an integrifolia but a variation, next time I am up that way I may visit Parks and Wildlife for advice. If it is integrifolia, then the variation has a few differences including the tree being smaller (most were not over 2m at both locations), the flower is smaller (about 2/3 the size of the other trees) and the flower structure different towards the centre. I am aware banksia flowers change over their cycle so I looked at different stages when I could.

    There are real differences between the two when you see them in situ, but integrifolia is still the closest based on the book. My father was a bit of native plant guru and he could not identify it either.
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