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Grevillea brevifolia F.Muell. ex Benth., Fl. Austral. 5: 467 (1870)

Grevillea victoriae var. brevifolia (F.Muell. ex Benth.) F.Muell. ex Maiden & Betche, Census New South Wales Pl. 60 (1916). T: Mount Tambo, 5000', Vic., Dr Ferd. Mueller ; holo: K; iso: MEL (2 sheets).

Shrub 0.5–2.5 m tall. Branchlets subsericeous or occasionally tomentose. Leaves elliptic or very slightly ovate, 1.1–7 cm long, 6–20 (–30) mm wide; upper surface smooth, usually glossy, lateral veins obscure to conspicuous; margins shortly recurved; lower surface sericeous. Conflorescence terminal, decurved to pendulous, pedunculate, usually simple or up to 3 (4)-branched; unit conflorescence a loose subregular cluster or shortly conico-cylindrical, usually many-flowered; floral rachis 10–15 (–32) mm long. Perianth tomentose outside, bearded inside. Pistil 17–22 mm long; style minutely pubescent towards apex; pollen-presenter flat or occasionally very slightly concave in cross-section. Follicle 18–23 mm long, with faint longitudinal ridges. 

Occurs in montane areas of north-eastern Vic. and (subsp. brevifolia only) just extending to N.S.W. S of Mt Kosciuszko. 

Grevillea brevifolia has greenish new vegetative growth. The floral rachises are subtomentose with a usually pale indumentum. The limb of the flower bud is subglobose and obtuse.

There are two subspecies.

Since publication of the Flora of Australia the Australian Plant Census no longer recognises the subspecies.


Leaves usually 1.5–3 cm long, usually 7–15 mm wide; venation of leaf upper surface consistently obscure; floral bracts (deciduous when buds c. 1 mm long) 1.2–1.4 mm long, c. 0.3 mm wide, linear-crescentic; flowers red

subsp. brevifolia

Leaves usually 3–5 cm long, 10–20 mm wide; venation of leaf upper surface obscure to evident; floral bracts (deciduous when buds c. 1 mm long), 3.2–3.5 mm long, 1 mm wide at widest, spathulate; flowers red, pink, orange, yellow, or cream

subsp. polychroma


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