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Banksia paludosa R.Br., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 207 (1810)

Banksia integrifolia var. paludosa (R.Br.) Benth., Fl. Austral. 5: 554 (1870). T: Port Jackson, N.S.W., 1802, R.Brown ; lecto: BM, fide A.S.George, Nuytsia 3: 307 (1981); isolecto: BM, E, K.

Shrub with lignotuber, to 1.5 m tall, or without lignotuber and to 5 m tall. Bark smooth. Stems tomentose, soon glabrous, red-brown. Leaves alternate or whorled; petiole 5–13 mm long; lamina narrowly lanceolate to obovate, 4–13 cm long, (0.5–) 1–2.5 (–3.5) cm wide, obtuse; margins recurved, dentate to entire; tomentose, glabrescent above, hirsute on nerves below, glabrescent but white-woolly in pits. Inflorescence 7–13 cm long; involucral bracts to 12 mm long, tomentose, persistent. Flowers openly spaced, pale brown to golden brown. Perianth 15–18 mm long including limb of 2.5–3 mm, closely pubescent outside, glabrous inside. Pistil slender, straight, 17–20 mm long, glabrous; pollen presenter not thickened, 1 mm long. Old flowers persistent. Follicles up to c. 60, narrowly elliptic, 9–18 mm long, 1–5 mm high, 3–7 mm wide; valves semi-elliptic, smooth, tomentose, glabrescent. Seed obovate, 13–18 mm long; seed body falcate, 8–9 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, smooth. 

Endemic in N.S.W. between Glen Davis and Nadgee. 

Follicles typically remaining closed until burnt. The open spacing of the flowers in the late bud stage is unique in ser. Salicinae .

There are two subspecies.


Plant with lignotuber

subsp. paludosa

Plant without lignotuber

subsp. astrolux


Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 16 (1995), 17A (2000) and 17B (1999), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia