Common name: Grey Spider Flower
Grevillea buxifolia (Sm.) R.Br. APNI*
Description: Erect to spreading shrub 0.5–2 m high.
Leaves ± elliptic to ovate or obovate, or rarely linear, mostly 0.7–3.5 cm long, 2–8.5 mm wide, margins entire and recurved to revolute, lower surface subsericeous to villous.
Inflorescences subumbellate to loosely subglobose, or sometimes few-flowered. Tepals twisting to expose the whitish woolly inner surface, outer surface tomentose to villous and rusty to fawn. Gynoecium 10.5–17 mm long; ovary densely hairy and ± sessile; style subvillous with whitish hairs; style end often with an erect to retrorse villous appendage to 4 mm long.
Follicle usually hairy, without dark stripes or blotches.
Flowering: chiefly spring to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll woodland or heath; usually in sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT
Text by R. O. Makinson
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Stylar appendage conspicuous, usually 2–4 mm long, hairs on style apex and appendage not longer than those of the rest of the style; gynoecium 17–21 mm long.||subsp. buxifolia|
|Stylar appendage absent, or inconspicuous and rarely to 1.3 mm long, hairs of the style apex markedly longer than those of the rest of the style; gynoecium 11–13 mm long.||subsp. ecorniculata|
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