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Grevillea diminuta L.A.S.Johnson, Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb. 3: 95 (1962)

T: Brindabella Ra. near Mt Franklin, A.C.T., 11 Nov. 1956, R.D.Hoogland 6279 ; holo: NSW; iso: A n.v. , BM, BRI, G, K, MEL, US n.v.

Illustrations: J.W.Wrigley & M.Fagg, Banksias, Waratahs & Grevilleas 225 (1989); P.M.Olde & N.R.Marriott, Grevillea Book 2: 126 (bottom left & 101A–C) (1995).

Regenerates from seed. Bird-pollinated.

Spreading shrub 0.3–1 m tall. Branchlets angular, subsericeous. Leaves narrowly elliptic to ovate, 0.5–2 cm long, 3–9 mm wide; upper surface foveolate, glossy, with midvein scarcely apparent; margins slightly recurved; lower surface subsericeous. Conflorescence terminal and axillary, decurved to pendulous, pedunculate, regular and cylindrical or shortly so, many-flowered; floral rachis 7–30 mm long. Flowers acroscopic. Flower colour: perianth rusty brown outside, with inner surface (displayed) bright red; style reddish pink to red. Perianth subsericeous outside, bearded inside. Pistil 10–11 mm long; style gently curved, with minute scattered hairs in apical 4–6 mm; pollen-presenter strongly oblique. Follicle ellipsoidal, 10–15 mm long, finely wrinkled. 

Occurs in south-eastern Australia (A.C.T. and N.S.W.), endemic to the Brindabella and Bimberi Ranges SW of Canberra. 1400–1800 m alt. Grows in sub-alpine sclerophyll woodland, on rocky slopes (often in scree) at c. Flowers mainly Sept.–Dec. Map 245.

A.C.T.: between Mt Franklin and Mt Ginini, L.A.S.Johnson 7264 & B.G.Brigg s (NSW); Mt Ginini, H.S.McKee 7634 (NSW); Mt Gingera, C.W.E.Moore 2516 (NSW); Mt Kelley, I.Olsen 682 (NSW). N.S.W.: Mt Gingera, NW slope, I.R.Telford 2872 (AD, BRI, CANB, NE).

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

This species is distinguished from G. victoriae , G. oxyantha and G. miqueliana which have pistils > 15 mm long, more oblique pollen-presenters, and more enclosed nectaries; G. oxyantha also has an acute, pyramidal apex to the floral bud.

(R.O.Makinson)

 

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