Australian Native Plants

  Banksia sphaerocarpa var dolichostyla (Ironcap Banksia)

Banksia sphaerocarpa var dolichostyla photo
Inflorescence of Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla

Photograph by Cas Liber. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Banksia sphaerocarpa var dolichostyla photo
new growth of Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla, near Carstairs, WA

Photograph by Cas Liber. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)


distribution map showing range of Banksia sphaerocarpa in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name
Ironcap Banksia

Other Names
Round-fruited Banksia

The Ironcap Banksia is the largest of all the varieties of Banksia sphaerocarpa varieties and grows as a shrub or small tree to a height of around four metres. The blue grey leaves are long and narrow with a pointed tip and grow up to 10 cm in length and about 1.5mm wide. It produces ball shaped clusters of golden yellow flowers in autumn. The fruit is a globular woody cone with up to sixty follicles. All varieties have a lignotuber which can sprout new growth after damage by bush fire.

grows in heathland and shrubland on sandy loan or gravel soil

B. sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla is found in the south western corner of Western Australia and is found north west of Esperance in an area further east than other varieties of this species.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 2m - 4m
Spread: 2m - 4m

Variety:'var dolichostyla'
Common Name:Ironcap Banksia

Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  Banksia attenuata
  Banksia audax
  Banksia baueri
  Banksia baxteri
  Banksia benthamiana
  Banksia blechnifolia
  Banksia brownii
  Banksia burdettii
  Banksia caleyi
  Banksia candolleana
  Banksia canei
  Banksia carlinoides
  Banksia chamaephyton
  Banksia coccinea
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
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