Banksia marginata Cav.

Silver Banksia

Anales Hist. Nat. 1: 227 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or tree to c. 12 m high; lignotuber present or absent; bark thin, brown, sometimes thick and tesselated on taller trees; branchlets hirsute with spreading and/or short curled hairs. Leaves alternate, scattered, linear, oblong, narrowly cuneate or lanceolate, 1–8 cm long, 3–15 mm wide, discolorous, upper surface dark green, lower surface white-tomentose; margins entire or sometimes with a few serrate leaves persisting, more or less flat, recurved or revolute; apex obtuse, truncate or emarginate, mucronate; petiole 2–5 mm long. Inflorescence 3–13 cm long, 4–6 cm wide at anthesis. Tepals 16–24 mm long, pale yellow, hairy, persistent; style straight or gently curved, persistent. Follicles to c. 150, 7–17 mm long, hirsute, becoming glabrous, usually opening when mature. Body of seed more or less cuneate, 5–8 mm long, wing to c. 15 mm long. Flowers mainly Feb.–Jul.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Except for the far north-west, widespread and often locally common throughout Victoria in a wide range of habitats.

A very variable species in terms of habitat, habit, leaf shape and indumentum. Possible hybrids with Banksia saxicola have been observed in the Grampians.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-05-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Banksia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Banksia marginata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Banksia marginata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory