Australian Native Plants

  Banksia paludosa (Marsh Banksia)

Banksia paludosa photo
Banksia paludosa

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distribution map showing range of Banksia paludosa in Australia

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Common Name
Marsh Banksia

Other Names
Swamp banksia

The Marsh Banksia is a small spreading shrub that grows to about one and a half metres tall, although there is a subspecies that grows to about five metres tall. The leaves are oval or egg-shaped and grow to 13 cm long and 3 cm wide. The leaf edges are whole or have light serrations. It produces cylindrical spikes of yellow brown flowers in autumn and winter. The flower spikes grow to about 13 cm tall. The fruit is a woody cone with up to sixty seed follicles. There are two subspecies: the most common is B. paludosa subspecies paludosa which is a small shrub; subspecies astrolux is a tall growing shrub to 5m tall.

Marsh Banksia grows on well drained soils in heathland, forest and woodland.

found on the central and southern coast of New South Wales

Growth Characteristics
Height: 0.5m - 1.5m
Spread: 0.5m - 1.5m

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Common Name:Marsh 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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