Shrub to small tree with suckering stems. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to oblong, up to 10 cm or so long. Flower clusters terminal or axillary, dense; spring to summer. Flowers scarlet (rarely white), to 5 cm long, with a narrow tube splitting into 4 coiled lobes and with a long, protruding style that persists on the fruit.
Grows best in moist, cool areas.
var. lanceolatum Ruiz & Pav. has narrower leaves. The variability of this taxon and its selections is sometimes subsumed under the title Lanceolatum Group.
VIC: Ferny Creek (Horticultural Society); Wandin (MCC Nsy).
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.