The Rattlepod grevillea (Grevillea stenobotrya) gets its’ common name from the noise the seeds in the dry pods make when shaken, a rattling noise. The pods have been used by Aboriginal people as rhythmic instruments for ceremonial purposes.

The name comes from the Greek word stenos (narrow) and botrys (bunch of grapes).

Endemic to the arid regions of Australia, prefer to grow on red or yellow sand dunes and swales, as well as open shrubland on sandplains. The plant are about 1.5 metres tall, growing to about 6 metres in height.

The leaves are linear, occasionally divided, growing to between 5 to 25 cm long. The flowers are cream to pale yellow and appear in clustered spikes at the end of the branches. The fruit is flat and rounded with a short beak, and were eaten by the local Aboriginal people. The leaves have medicinal properties.

Common name
rattle-pod grevillea, sandhill grevillea, sandhill spider flower


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