Description Banksia serrata is usually a gnarled tree with a single trunk. In some coastal areas it is a shrub to 3m, and there is also a prostrate form. The bark is rough and cork-like and can withstand fire. The leaves a dark glossy green above and light green below, eight to 20 cm long, and 2 cm to 4 cm wide. The leaf margins are serrated with lobes between 1mm and 3 mm deep. The flower spikes are a silvery grey colour, with cream or golden styles. Cones have up to 30 follicles, and retain old withered flower parts. This tree has a lignotuber - an underground structure that stores energy that the plant can use to regenerate after bushfire.
Habitat well-drained sandy soil. Often found near the coast behind the main dune system.
Distribution Banksia serrata is found on the mainland from Wilsons Promontory in Victoria to Maryborough in Queensland. Also found in Tasmania