Friday Flowers – Desert Bloom, Grevillea

Today I thought perhaps I would showcase a particular type of flower, the wonderful Grevillea. These were seen everywhere while we were in NT, beautiful splashes of colour in a harsh environment.

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Grevillea /ɡrɨˈvɪliə/ is a diverse genus of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants in the family Proteaceae, native to rainforest and more open habitats in Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia and Sulawesi.It was named in honour of Charles Francis Greville. The species range from prostrate shrubs less than 50 cm (20 in) tall to trees 35 m (115 ft) tall. Common names include grevillea, spider flower, silky oak and toothbrush plant. Closely related to the genus Hakea, the genus gives its name to the subfamily Grevilleoideae.

The brightly coloured, petal-less flowers consist of a calyx tube that splits into 4 lobes with long styles.

They are good bird-attracting plants, honeyeaters in particular are common visitors. They are also used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Dryandra Moth and the Pieris rapae or the Small White.

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I actually have a few varieties myself in the garden, however I am no expert and am unsure exactly which varieties these are.

– Julz