Australian Native Plants

  Banksia elderiana (Palm Banksia)


Banksia elderiana photo
Banksia elderiana, habit, near Yellowdyne, WA

Photograph by Cas Liber. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PALM BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia elderiana in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Palm Banksia

Other Names
Swordfish Banksia

Description
The Palm Banksia is a bushy shrub growing to about three metres in height. The leaves are long and narrow and grow from 15cm to 40cm long. The leaves curl and have fine serrated margins. New growth is covered in brown hairs giving a furry appearance. The flower heads are produced in yellow spikes that hang downwards . Flowers are produced mainly in summer and early autumn, and continues intermittently until winter. The fruit is a woody cone with up to 30 large seed follicles.

Height
1m - 4m

Spread
1m - 4m

Habitat
grows on sandy soils

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
native to southern parts of Western Australia about 400 km east of Perth in an area inland from Esperance in the south to around Kalgoorlie in the north.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:elderiana
Common Name:Palm Banksia


Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  Banksia attenuata
  Banksia audax
  Banksia baueri
  Banksia baxteri
  Banksia benthamiana
  Banksia blechnifolia
  Banksia brownii
  Banksia burdettii
  Banksia caleyi
  Banksia candolleana
  Banksia canei
  Banksia carlinoides
  Banksia chamaephyton
  Banksia coccinea
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
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