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Grevillea nematophylla

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 1:136 (1859).

Synonymy: Grevillea purdieana Diels in Diels & E. Pritzel, Bot. Jb. 35:154 (1904).

Common name: Water bush.

Spreading multi-stemmed shrub or tree to 8 m high, with a rough-barked main stem; branchlets smooth, persistently grey appressed-pubescent, the terminal fruiting rhachis red-brown, glabrous; leaves erect, more or less flexible, subterete, narrow-linear, 8-25 cm X 0.9-1.2 mm, ?rarely pinnatipartite, with 1 or 2 slight longitudinal grooves, sometimes longitudinally wrinkled, grey-green, with a more or less persistent appressed pubescence.

Mucro slender, straight or curved; racemes with c. 120-150 cream honey-scented flowers, several together in terminal panicles; rhachis, pedicel and perianth externally glabrous or sparsely appressed-pubescent, glabrescent, raceme rhachis 4-8 cm long; pedicel 0.5-1 mm long; torus slightly oblique; perianth 2-3.5 mm long, the tube slender, curved behind the globular limb, splitting into 4 free segments; gland small, semi-annular; pistil glabrous, style variously bent, twice the length of the gynophore, 3.5-5.5 mm long (straightened); pollen-presenter an erect cone dilated into a narrow horizontal or slightly oblique basal flange.

Fruit compressed, elliptic, 16-20 mm long, deep-red-brown, glabrous, obliquely inserted on a short stout stipe, style base persisting as a short stout terminal protuberance.

image of FSA1_Grevillea_nem.jpg Grevillea nematophylla, twig and upper and lower surface of leaves and section, flower, pistil and fruit.
Image source: fig 70c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Holliday & Hill (1969) A field guide to Australian trees, p. 155.

Distribution:  On sandy dunes, flats and swales, limestone ridges, sometimes loams, in sclerophyllous shrubland and woodland.

  W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Oct. — Jan.

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