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Common name: Silver Banksia
Banksia marginata Cav. APNI*
Synonyms: Banksia gunnii Meisn. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 12 m high; ± tesselated, not friable, grey; branchlets hirsute with straight hairs and ± tomentose with curled hairs.
Leaves alternate, linear, oblong to cuneate, mostly 2–6 cm long and 3–10 mm wide, apex usually mucronate, base attenuate, margins generally entire but sometimes juveniles toothed and persisting to flowering, lower surface white-tomentose, reticulate veins usually conspicuous; petiole 2–5 mm long.
Conflorescences 5–10 cm long. Perianth 16–24 mm long, pale yellow, persistent. Style straight, persistent.
Follicles 7–17 mm long, mostly opening within a year of flowering.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in dry sclerophyll forest from coast to inland, south from Baradine and Guyra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1999)
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