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Grevillea acanthifolia A.Cunn.
Family Proteaceae
Grevillea acanthifolia A.Cunn. APNI*

Description: Spreading to erect shrub 1–3 m high.

Leaves pinnatifid to pinnatisect, 4–9 cm long, 3–7 cm wide, with 6–14 primary lobes, divaricate (except in subsp. acanthifolia); lobes entire to pinnatisect, (often 3-lobed in subsp. acanthifolia); secondary lobes entire or sometimes 2-lobed (subsp. paludosa); ultimate lobes triangular to linear, 0.5–2 cm long, pungent; margins recurved to revolute, lower surface glabrous to silky.

Inflorescences erect, secund, 3–10 cm long. Perianth pale green to grey, subsericeous to subvillous outside, glabrous inside. Gynoecium 20–28 mm long; ovary densely hairy; style pink to maroon, glabrous, pollen presenter erect to oblique.

Follicle hairy with reddish brown stripes or blotches.


Photo © ANBG

Flowering: mainly Oct.–Feb.

Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT, ST
AVH map***

Hybridizes with G. laurifolia to produce natural hybrids known as G. X gaudichaudii, where the ranges overlap (e.g. Wentworth Falls to Hartley Vale).

Text by R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Leaves with ultimate lobes cuneate or ovate, rarely linear; most of lower surface of lobes exposed, margins recurved; inflorescences usually >5 cm long. Shrub to 2 m highsubsp. acanthifolia
Leaves with ultimate lobes linear or subulate; most of lower surface enclosed by the refracted margin; inflorescences usually &163; 5 cm long2
2Pollen presenter oblique, broad-conical; lower surface of leaves glabrous except for scattered appressed hairs on the veins; branchlets glabrous or pubescent; stipe &179; 1.5 mm long; low spreading shrub usually <1 m highsubsp. stenomera
Pollen presenter an erect cone; lower surface of some or all leaves with white appressed hairs on the lamina on either side of the veins; branchlets subsericeous with ridges sometimes glabrous; stipe &163; 1.5 mm long; erect spreading shrub up to 3 m high
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subsp. paludosa

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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