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Common name: Swamp Banksia
Banksia robur Cav. APNI*
Description: Shrub with several stems arising from a lignotuber, usually 1–2 m high; branchlets rusty-tomentose.
Leaves alternate, obovate to elliptic, usually 12–30 cm long, 50–90 mm wide, apex truncate to emarginate but shortly apiculate, base cuneate, margins toothed or sometimes almost entire, lower surface white-tomentose, main veins with brownish hairs.
Conflorescences 10–17 cm long. Perianth 20–25 mm long, with greenish cream claws and metallic green limb, turning dull and then brown after anthesis, persistent. Style mostly straight, cream to pale green, persistent.
Follicles up to 100, 10–16 mm long, tomentose, opening when burnt.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and heath in sandy ± permanently damp sites on the coast, chiefly from near Kempsey to Wollongong.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1999)
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