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Common name: Grey Spider Flower
Grevillea sphacelata R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Grevillea buxifolia subsp. sphacelata (R.Br.) McGill. APNI*
Description: Spreading or erect shrub 1–2.5 m high; branchlets silky.
Leaves narrow-linear to oblong-lanceolate, 1–3 cm long, 2–4 mm wide, margins entire, recurved to revolute, upper surface silky when young, ageing to glabrous, lower surface densely silky.
Conflorescences umbel-like. Perianth pale brown, striate-silky outside, villous over entire surface inside; limb revolute, ovoid-apiculate. Gynoecium 9–12 mm long; ovary villous, ± sessile; style pinkish grey, tomentose; pollen presenter lateral, appendage absent or very obscure to 1 mm.
Follicle sparsely pubescent.
Flowering: Flowers all year but chiefly late winter–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open heath or dry sclerophyll forest in shallow, sandstone-derived soils, shaly clay or heavy loam, in the Sydney area, south to Dapto and inland to Mittagong.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT
Text by R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: R.O. Makinson (2000)
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