B.paludosa.JPG (49683 bytes)Banksia paludosa: is known as the Swamp Banksia because the species is sometimes found in wetlands. The species name means growing in swamps.
Banksia paludosa is a spreading, almost prostrate shrub with a lignotuber (swollen root mass). Plants may reach a height of 1.5 metres. The branches are horizontal and covered with hairs. Leaves are about 13 centimetres long by two centimetres wide, toothed, green above, silvery beneath and carried in whorls around the stems. The flower heads are about ten centimetres long and pale to golden brown in colour. March to August is the flowering period. Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers.
Banksia paludosa is a native of New South Wales. The species occurs on the coastal plains and nearby mountains of central and southern New South Wales.
The Swamp Banksia is said to be hardy but slow growing.
Propagate from seed and stem cuttings.
Banksia paludosa subspecies astrolux is a rare plant from the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. This subspecies differs in being taller (about five metres) and lacking a lignotuber.