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Banksia baueri R.Br., Suppl. Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 35 (1830)
Woolly Banksia

Sirmuellera baueri (R.Br.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 582 (1891). T: near the Stirling Range, [W.A.], 1829, W.Baxter ; lecto: BM, fide A.S.George, Nuytsia 3: 317 (1981); isolecto: BM, K.

Illustrations: A.S.George, Banksia Book 87–89, fig. 15, pl. 35 (1984); C.E.Rosser & A.S.George, Banksias II: pl. 31 (1988).

Shrub to 2 m tall, to 3 m wide, much-branched, without lignotuber. Bark thin, lightly fissured, grey. Stems tomentose to hirsute, pale brown, becoming glabrous and grey. Leaves: petiole 5–10 mm long; lamina narrowly obovate-oblong, 4–13 cm long, 0.5–3.5 cm wide, obtuse; margins recurved or not, dentate or serrate; upper surface tomentose, glabrescent; lower surface hirsute with woolly pits, glabrescent on nerves. Inflorescence 7–17 cm long; involucral bracts fine, woolly, persistent. Flowers cream or rusty with grey or grey-brown limb and mauve or rusty awn; styles cream. Perianth 58–65 mm long including limb of 3–4 mm and awn of 15–17 mm, pubescent to hirsute outside, glabrous inside. Pistil 45–55 mm long, gently curved, kinked below apex, glabrous; pollen presenter erect, narrow, 2–4 mm long, finely ribbed. Old flowers persistent. Follicles up to 60, narrowly elliptic, 22–29 mm long, 12–17 mm high, 8–12 mm wide; valves slightly rugose, tomentose. Seed obovate, 32–40 mm long; seed body obovate, 12–15 mm long, 7–8 mm wide, smooth inside, pitted and ridged outside. Fig. 34J.

Occurs in W.A. from Kweda and Toolibin railway siding to Bremer Bay and east to Munglinup; also on the South Stirling plains. Grows in deep white or grey sand and in shallow sand over laterite or quartzite, in low shrubland and mallee shrubland. Flowers May–July. Map 230.

W.A.: South Stirling Rd, c. 40 km E of Albany–Borden road, A.S.George 6241 (PERTH); 10 km WNW of Jitarning, R.J.Hnatiuk 78061 (PERTH); East Mt Barren, B.R.Maslin 955 (PERTH).

Very distinctive in the large, very hairy inflorescence and long perianth awn. Quite variable in size of inflorescence and flower colour. Typically the flowers are pale cream with a grey or mauve limb and awn, but populations in the Fitzgerald River Natl Park usually have rusty-coloured perianths.



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