Common name: Linear-leaf Grevillea
Grevillea viridiflava Makinson APNI*
Synonyms: Grevillea linearifolia form 'c' (montane elements) of McGillivray & Makinson (1993) APNI*
Grevillea linearifolia 'Torrington form' of Olde & Marriott (1995) APNI*
Grevillea linearifolia 'Darling Downs form' of Olde & Marriott (1995) APNI*
Description: Erect spindly shrub mostly 0.5–1 m high, often rhizomatous..
Leaves ascending, linear to narrow-elliptic, mostly 3–6 cm long and 2–3 mm wide, or rarely to 7 mm wide on juveniles, margins once-refracted; upper surface soon glabrous, not punctate, lower surface partly exposed, subsericeous except for the glabrous midvein.
Conflorescences terminal, sometimes 2-branched, shortly and broadly secund, 12–24-flowered, not exceeding the foliage. Perianth greenish or yellowish cream in bud, becoming white later with brown hairs on limb, subsericeous outside, scantily bearded inside. Gynoecium 7–9 mm long; style lemony yellow-green to cream, glabrous except for papillae in the apical c. 0.5 mm; pollen presenter oblique.
Flowering: Flowers August–January
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in low dry sclerophyll forest, in moister well-drained sites in gravelly-loam soils over granite; confined to the Tungsten, Torrington and Bald Rock areas, possibly also at Tabulum (NC).
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
There are two barely distinguishable forms. The Type or Torrington form has greyish green, strongly ascending leaves 4–6 cm long and distinctly yellowish style, and occurs in the Tungsten, Torrington and Emmaville areas. The Girraween form has slightly more spreading green leaves, mostly 3.5–5 cm long, and the style cream to faintly yellowish, and grows in the Bald Rock area, and into Qld.
Text by R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: R.O. Makinson (2000)
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