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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.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Genus: Grevillea
  • Species: G. juncifolia
  • Binomial name: Grevillea juncifolia