Description there are two subspecies of Banksia conferta - subspecies conferta and subspecies penicillata. It is a medium or large shrub growing to around four metres in height. It produces spikes of pale yellow flowers which are followed by woody fruit cones. The plant has no lignotuber that can produce new shoots after bush fire and regenerates from seed. The subspecies penicillata usually has serrated leaves and smoother bark than subspecies conferta.
Habitat grows on well-drained soil on rocky slopes and open woodland
Distribution found in the Western Blue Mountains of New South Wales