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Banksia blechnifolia F.Muell., Fragm. 4: 108 (1864)
T: near the south coast of W.A., 1861, G.Maxwell ; lecto: MEL, fide A.S.George, Nuytsia 3: 378 (1981).
Banksia pinnatisecta F.Muell., Fragm. 7: 58 (1869), nom. nud.
Illustrations: A.S.George, Banksia Book 164, 165, fig. 44, pl. 67 (1984); C.E.Rosser & A.S.George, Banksias III: pl. 49 (in press).
Shrub without lignotuber. Stems on surface, woolly. Leaves: petiole 5–18 cm long; lamina pinnatipartite, 20–30 cm long, 4–10 cm wide; lobes linear to narrowly triangular, acute, entire, bluish green; margins flat; both surfaces tomentose-hirsute, glabrescent except pits in lower surface. Inflorescence 6–16 cm long; involucral bracts woolly. Flowers reddish pink; styles cream. Perianth 28–32 mm long including limb of 3.5–5 mm, straight, pubescent inside and outside; limb densely hirsute. Pistil gently curved, 30–38 mm long, glabrous; pollen presenter slightly swollen, 0.5–1 mm long. Old flowers persistent. Follicles up to 25, elliptic, 20–30 mm long, 5–10 mm high, 10–15 mm wide, villous. Seed cuneate-obovate, 20–25 mm long; seed body cuneate, 9–12 mm long, 12–17 mm wide, smooth inside, irregularly pitted outside. Fig. 30H, 31A, B.
Occurs between Jerramungup and Gibson, W.A. Grows in white sand, in kwongan or mallee kwongan. Flowers late Sept.–mid-Nov. Map 210.
W.A.: NE of Jerramungup, A.S.George 7025 (PERTH); c. 17 km SE of Lake King, A.S.George 10499 (PERTH); c. 56 km SSE of Newdegate, J.W.Green 4900 (PERTH); c. 30 km N of Esperance, R.H.Kuchel 1725 (AD, PERTH).
Killed by fire and regenerates from seed. Related to B. repens which has irregularly lobed leaves, creamy pink flowers and underground stems from a lignotuber, and to B. petiolaris which has dentate leaves with a tomentose underside and a creamy yellow perianth limb and style. Mueller cited no type in the protologue but in Additamenta ad Volumen Quartum of the Fragmenta he cited 'In Nova Hollandia austro-occidentali'.
Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 16 (1995), 17A (2000) and 17B (1999), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia