GrevilleaBeefwood Desert Grevillea Honey Grevillea Holly Grevillea Rattlepod Grevillea

The Grevillea is another one of Australia’s popular flowering plant groups, with about 250 species, ranging from prostrate shrubs of less than 0.5 metres in height to trees that can be 35 metres tall.

Some of the nectar bearing flowers of the Grevillea species were sucked for their sweet nectar by local indigenous people, a favourite treat for aboriginal children. Some blossoms were collected and kneaded in a coolamon. The flowers were then removed and the residue was mixed with water to produce a sweet drink.

The scientific name of Grevillea is named after Charles Francis Greville, co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Native to Australia and New Caledonia, some of the more common names include Grevillea, Spider Flower, Silky Oak and Toothbrush.

Desert Grevillea (Grevillea juncifolia)
Desert Grevillea (Grevillea juncifolia), Alice Springs Desert Park

More in-depth information can be found in publications and online.

Honey Grevillea (Grevillea eriostachya), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Honey Grevillea (Grevillea eriostachya), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Subfamily: Grevilleoideae
  • Tribe: Embothrieae
  • Subtribe: Hakeinae
  • Genus: Grevillea
Holly Grevillea (Grevillea wickhamii) © Ausemade PL

Footnote & References

  1. Grevillea. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (last visited Sept. 11, 2021)

GrevilleaBeefwood Desert Grevillea Honey Grevillea Holly Grevillea Rattlepod Grevillea

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