Hairpin banksia immature and maturing flower spike
The distinctive inflorescences contain hundreds of individual flowers - each of which consists of a tubular perianth made up of four united tepals, and one long wiry style.
These images are separated by 12 weeks, the first being in December 2019 and the second in March 2020.
15 cm length
The hairpin banksia is a species of woody shrub, of the genus ''Banksia'' in the family Proteaceae, native to eastern Australia. Widely distributed, it is found as an understorey plant in open dry forest or heathland from Victoria to northern Queensland, generally on sandstone though sometimes also clay soils.