Shrub 0.5-4 m tall or medium size tree to over 10 m tall with thick warty bark. Leaves alternate, oblong to obovate, mostly 10-20 cm long, 2-4 cm wide; margin saw-toothed. Flower cone mostly 10-15 cm long, 10-12 cm wide, cylindrical. Perianth about 4 cm long, cream; Jan-June. Styles cream, curved. Fruit scattered in cone, 2.5-3.5 cm long.
SE Qld to Tas (coastal).
B. aemula is similar but has leaves 1-2 cm wide, flowers pale yellow to greenish and follicles more than 3 cm long.
VIC: Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds).
Source: (2002). Proteaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Grows to about 60 cm tall, 2.5 m wide with leaves and flower cones smaller than those of the type.a seedling selection registered with acra 27 Oct 1986.