Description The Matchstick Banksia is an upright dense shrub or small tree. The prickly leaves are wedge-shaped and serrated, growing up to 4cm in length. The flowers grow in a dome-shaped cluster in winter, spring and summer. The flowers are cream and pink aging to pink. It gets its common name of Matchstick Banksia from the appearance of the buds before they open into flower. The fruit is a woody cone with up to five follicles, each of which has two seeds. It is similar to B. ilicifolia which is larger with rougher bark and duller flowers, and B. oligantha which has smaller flowers and is not so prickly.
Height 3m - 5m
Spread 2m - 3m
Habitat grows on sandy soil
Wildlife Interest birds, nectar
Distribution found in the south west Western Australia about two or three hundred km east of Perth and about 300km north of Albany