Banksia marginata Cav.

Silver Banksia

Dwarf shrub or tree to about 10 m tall, sometimes suckering, with smooth bark becoming finely fissured. Leaves alternate, linear or oblong to about 6 cm long and 0.5-1.5 cm wide, white-hairy below; margin slightly curled under, entire or occasionally toothed. Flower cone 5-10 cm long, 4-6 cm wide. Perianth 1.5-2.5 cm long, yellow; Feb-July. Style pale yellow, straight. Fruits numerous, mostly 1-1.5 cm long.

SE Australia, Tas., occurs naturally in a wide range of soils and conditions from swamps to woodlands and coastal dunes.

B. integrifolia is similar but has larger, whorled leaves; B. canei has needle-pointed leaves.

Source: Spencer, R.; Molyneux, B.; Mathews, D. (2002). Proteaceae. In: Spencer, R.. 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.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Proteaceae
genus        Banksia L.f.