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Banksia elderiana F.Muell. & Tate
Swordfish Banksia

Bot.Centralbl. 57:317 (1893)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Densely branched, lignotuberous shrub, 1-4 m high. Fl. yellow, Jan to Mar or May. Yellow or brown sand, sometimes with lateritic gravel.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 26 July 1995

Scientific Description

Shrubs, 1-3 m high; branchlets hairy. Leaves petiolate, alternate, 260-360 mm long, 14-20 mm wide, hairy; petiole 10-20 mm long; lamina flat, once divided, pinnately divided, deeply divided, teeth pointing outwards, with 20-34 lobes on each side, the margins flat. Inflorescences tomentose (with matted or tangled, soft, woolly hairs), yellow, hairy. Perianth 25-27 mm long, glabrous, without awns; pistil 25-28 mm long, straight, style hairy. Follicles hairy, hirsute (with long, rough and coarse hairs), 15-20 mm long. Flowers in January, February, March, April or May. Occurs in the Eremaean (ER) or South-west (SW) Botanical Province(s), in the Murchison (MUR), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Coolgardie (COO), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Mallee (MAL) or Esperance Plains (ESP) IBRA subregion(s).

C. Hollister, N.S. Lander and K.R. Thiele, 26 May 2023


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Great Victoria Desert, Mallee, Murchison.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Mallee, Eastern Murchison, Fitzgerald, Merredin, Shield, Southern Cross, Western Mallee.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kondinin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Menzies, Narembeen, Ravensthorpe, Westonia, Yilgarn.