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Grevillea sericea (Sm.) R.Br., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 170 (1810)

Embothrium sericeum Sm., Spec. Bot. New Holland 3: 25 & t. 9 (1–6) (1794); Embothrium sericeum var. minor Sm., Spec. Bot. New Holland 3: 25–6 & t. 9 (1–4) (1794), nom. illeg. ; Lysanthe sericea (Sm.) Knight, Cult. Prot. 118 (1809). T: New South Wales, s.d. , [J.White ]; lecto: LINN, fide D.J.McGillivray & R.O.Makinson, Grevillea 441 (1993); isolecto: G, MANCH (photo seen), P-JU n.v .

Shrub 0.5–2 m tall. Branchlets angular and ridged, subsericeous. Leaves either obovate or elliptic to sublinear, and 1–3 (–5) cm long, (2–) 3–9 mm wide, or linear, and 6–12 cm long, 1–3 mm wide; upper surface sparingly punctate, granulose along veins; margins refracted about intramarginal vein; lower surface at least partly exposed, sericeous. Conflorescence terminal, deflexed, sessile or shortly pedunculate, loosely secund, many-flowered. Flowers acroscopic. Perianth subsericeous to loosely so outside with biramous hairs and often also scattered inconspicuous minute erect hairs, bearded inside. Pistil 14–19 mm long; style gently curved or sharply decurved in apical 4 mm, glabrous except for minute erect hairs and papillae in apical 1–4 mm; pollen-presenter oblique. Follicle narrowly ellipsoidal to narrowly ovoid, 9–16 mm long, colliculose. 

Occurs in N.S.W. from S of Sydney inland almost to Mudgee and N to the Toronto and Wyee area. 

Two subspecies are recognised.


Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic or narrowly so, usually ≤ 4 cm long (very rarely linear and 6–9 cm long), (2–) 3–9 mm wide; some or all conflorescences standing clear of the foliage; flowers deep to pale pink or white; habitat non-riparian

subsp. sericea

Leaves linear, 6–12 cm long, 1–3 mm wide; conflorescences usually enclosed within the foliage; flowers purplish pink; habitat riparian

subsp. riparia


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