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Grevillea asparagoides Meisn., in A.L.P.P. de Candolle, Prodr. 14: 373 (1856)

T: Swan R., [W.A.] [1848], J.Drummond 4th coll. 283 ; lecto: NY n.v. , fide D.J.McGillivray & R.O.Makinson, Grevillea 406 (1993); isolecto: BM, CGE n.v. , G, K, LE n.v. , MEL, P.

Grevillea asparagoides Meisn., Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 4: 186 (1852), nom. nud.  

Illustrations: J.W.Wrigley & M.Fagg, Banksias, Waratahs & Grevilleas 206 (1989); P.M.Olde & N.R.Marriott, Grevillea Book 2: 39 (centre), 40 (27A–C) (1995).

Regeneration mode unknown, probably from seed only.

Dense prickly shrub 0.5–2 m high. Leaves 1.8–3.6 mm long, deeply and divaricately tripartite to pinnatipartite or biternate; primary lobes 3–5, entire to tripartite; ultimate lobes linear to subulate, rigid, 5–20 mm long, 0.8–1.4 mm wide, pungent; margins angularly revolute; lower surface enclosed except for midveins, subsericeous in grooves. Conflorescence simple to few-branched; unit conflorescence usually decurved to deflexed or occasionally erect, loosely subsecund or shortly subcylindrical; floral rachis 25–60 mm long. Flower colour: perianth pink to red-pink, with limb paler and sometimes cream; style red. Perianth markedly saccate at base, open-tomentose outside (often subvillous on limb) with both biramous and erect glandular hairs, usually glabrous inside or with appressed hairs near curve. Pistil 30–37 mm long; style minutely pubescent with erect simple glandular hairs. Follicle 13–17 mm long, tomentose. 

Occurs in south-western W.A., at scattered localities from near Perenjori to Wongan Hills and Bindi Bindi. Grows in sandheath or shrubland on gravelly loam or yellow or white sand. Flowers July to Dec. Map 77.

W.A.: 8.5 km from Wubin towards Wongan Hills, E.M.Canning CBG029439 (CANB); Wubin, R.Coveny 7861 & B.R.Maslin (K, NSW, PERTH); Perenjori, C.A.Gardner 2683 (PERTH); 31 km from Wongan Hills towards Piawaning, M.E.Phillips CBG024125 (AD, CANB); 13 km N of Wubin, E.Wittwer 1237 (PERTH).

This species is recognised as 'Poorly Known' in J.D.Briggs & J.H.Leigh, Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (1995).

Grevillea batrachioides differs in having the basal internode of the leaf ≤ 5 mm long: in G. asparagoides the basal internode is usually 12–16 mm long, rarely as short as 6 mm in the Bindi Bindi area.

(R.O.Makinson)

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 16 (1995), 17A (2000) and 17B (1999), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia