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Family: Proteaceae
Grevillea stenobotrya

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 9:3 (1875).

Synonymy: Grevillea livea Ewart & E. Archer in Ewart & O.B. Davies, Fl. North. Terr. 84 (1917); Grevillea simulans Morrison, J. Bot., Lond. 50:277 (1912).

Common name: Sandhill spider-flower.

Bushy shrub or short-trunked tree 1-5 m high; branchlets appressed-pubescent, soon glabrescent, red-brown; leaves erect, flat, narrow-linear, 7-25 cm X 0.9-1.8 mm, light-green to grey-green, glabrescent above, with 2 narrow sericeous grooves between the glabrescent margins and midrib below, mucro slender, hooked.

Racemes with 75-190 cream flowers, several in terminal panicles; rhachis, pedicel and perianth externally glabrous or sparsely to densely appressed-pubescent, raceme rhachis 7-14 cm long; pedicel 2.5-4.5 mm long; torus slightly oblique; perianth narrow, 2-3.5 mm long, strongly recurved behind the large globular limb, splitting into 4 free segments; gland small, almost circular, split behind the gynophore; pistil glabrous; gynophore a little shorter or longer than the ovary; style laterally but vertically inserted, curved, 5-6.5 mm long (straightened); pollen-presenter a large oblique convex disc narrowed into a small central cone.

Fruit strongly compressed, broad-elliptic, 12-15 mm long, glabrous, the dark-brown smooth outer surface often breaking away to expose the papillate brownish-white inner layer, laterally inserted on the c. 5-8 mm long stipe, with a persistent reflexed lateral style base; seed flat, broad-elliptic, c. 8 mm long, completely surrounded by a thin wing c. 2 mm wide.

image of FSA1_Grevillea_str.jpg Grevillea stenobotrya, twig, upper and lower surface of leaves and section, flower, pistil and fruit.
Image source: fig 70e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales. p. 212.

Distribution:  On sand flats, dunes or swales, often dominant or co-dominant in sclerophyllous woodland or shrubland.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU.   W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Dec.

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