Banksia elderiana F.Muell. & Tate Swordfish Banksia
Bot.Centralbl. 57:317 (1893)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 26 July 1995

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


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Great Victoria Desert, Mallee, Murchison.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Mallee, Eastern Murchison, Fitzgerald, Shield, Southern Cross, Western Mallee.

IMCRA Regions: WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kondinin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Menzies, Narembeen, Ravensthorpe, Westonia, Yilgarn.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister, Nicholas Lander and Kevin Thiele, Thursday 7 February 2019

Shrubs, 1-3 m high; branchlets hairy. Leaves petiolate, alternate, 260-360 mm 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), elliptic (?), ovate (?), obovate (?), orbicular (?), curved-obovate (?), cuneate (?) or oblong (?), 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).