Alice Springs Desert Park
The Desert Grevillea (Grevillea juncifolia) has striking coloured flowers that produce a sweet nectar that is enjoyed not only by birds, but also by Aboriginals who suck the flowers as a sweet treat. They also steep the flowers in water to make a sweet or mildly intoxicating drink.
The erect shrub grows to about 4 metres high and is sometimes referred to by the local Indigenous people as the Wattle Tree Honey. The flower is a golden yellow to orange.
This plant is widespread in the inland regions of Australia, found growing on sand dunes, spinifex sand plains and sandhills. The plant is a fairly common sight in the Kings Canyon region.
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- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Eudicots
- Order: Proteales
- Family: Proteaceae
- Genus: Grevillea
- Species: G. juncifolia
- Binomial name: Grevillea juncifolia