Plants of South Eastern New South Wales
Flower cluster and leaves (subsp. parviflora). Photographer Jackie Miles, Werakata National Park near Kearsley
Small-flower grevillea (subsp. parviflora)
subsp. supplicans: Forest margins, heathy woodland, and disturbed sites, in exposed shallow soil situations. Sydney area within 15 km of the southern edge of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
Shrub usually 1 m high or less, or almost prostrate. Sometimes rhizomatous. Leaves alternating up the stems, 1.5–6 cm long, 0.6–3 mm wide, held erect, margins once or twice abruptly bent down, upper surface smooth to dotted, the midvein and intramarginal veins prominent and smooth to faintly granular, lower surface exposed and somewhat appressed hairy or sometimes obscured except for the midvein, and then with two grooves. Flowers with 4 'petals' joined together in pairs, somewhat hairy outside, bearded inside. Gynoecium usually 4.5–6.5 mm long; style curved, usually hooked 2 mm from the tip, mostly hairless. Flower clusters erect, usually 6–12-flowered.
In the absence of specific information, seeds of all species of Grevillea have been keyed as having one wing.
subsp. parviflora: Spreading to erect. Suckers from the roots. Branchlets not growing only on one side of the branches. Leaves 2-3.5 mm long, less than 1.3 mm wide. The whole flower, both tube and protruding style, is white, aging to pinkish-red, with rusty-brown hairs on the outside of the flower. Flowers April-May and July-December.
Vulnerable Australia. Vulnerable NSW. Provisions of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 No 63 relating to the protection of protected plants generally also apply to plants that are a threatened species.
NSW Threatened Species profile: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedSpeciesApp/profile.aspx?id=10373 (accessed 19 January, 2021)
subsp. supplicans: Semi-prostrate in exposed, shallow-soil situations. Possibly suckers. Major branches more or less spreading. Branchlets usually growing on one side of the branches. Leaves 1.5-6 cm long, 0.6–3 mm wide. Flowers usually white, sometimes purple to pink. Flowering: August-November.
Endangered NSW. Provisions of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 No 63 relating to the protection of protected plants generally also apply to plants that are a threatened species.
NSW Threatened Species profile: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspeciesapp/profile.aspx?id=10374 (accessed 19 January, 2021)
PlantNET description of species and key to subspecies: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Grevillea~parviflora (accessed 19 January, 2021)
Author: Betty Wood.