Thursday, 5 June 2014

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 76 - GREVILLEA

Grevillea is a diverse genus of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants in the protea family Proteaceae, native to rainforest and more open habitats in Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia and Sulawesi. It was named in honour of Charles Francis Greville. The species range from prostrate shrubs less than 50 cm tall to trees 35 m tall. Common names include grevillea, spider flower, silky oak, bottle brush and toothbrush plant.

Closely related to the genus Hakea, the genus gives its name to the subfamily Grevilleoideae. The brightly coloured, petal-less flowers consist of a calyx tube that splits into 4 lobes with long styles. They are good bird-attracting plants, honeyeaters in particular are common visitors. They are also used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Dryandra Moth and the Pieris rapae or the Small White.

The cultivar illustrated here is Grevillea "Lollypops". This grevillea has numerous deep pink flowers. It grows to around 1.5m by 1.5m and attracts numerous nectar feeding birds. It requires soil with reasonable drainage and is hardy to light frosts. Prune hard at least once a year.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.






5 comments:

  1. More than lovely...and never seen before such plant!! Toate cele bune!

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  2. I never seen before ! It is beautiful!

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  3. wonderfull flowers, greeting from Belgium

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  4. I have never seen Grevillea before, but I like it. Great pictures!

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