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Grevillea rosmarinifolia A.Cunn., in B.Field (ed.), Geogr. Mem. New South Wales 328, & fig. (1825)
Rosemary Grevillea

T: banks of the Coxs R., N.S.W., 7 Oct. 1822, A.Cunningham ; lecto: K, fide D.J.McGillivray & R.O.Makinson, Grevillea 438 (1993); iso: B n.v. , CGE n.v. , E, G-DC, K, LE n.v.

Erect or occasionally low shrub 0.3–2 m high. Leaves entire, linear to narrowly oblong-elliptic, 0.8–4.0 cm long, 0.7–3 mm wide, acute; margins recurved to tightly revolute; upper surface smooth or rarely sparsely granulose; lower surface wholly enclosed (including midvein) and 1-grooved, or sometimes exposed and loosely tomentose to subsericeous or rarely glabrous. Conflorescence terminal, usually simple, usually decurved, a loose 4–12-flowered subumbelloid cluster or subsecund, basipetal; ultimate floral rachis 2–8 mm long, glabrous. Flowers acroscopic. Perianth glabrous outside, bearded inside. Pistil 15–22.5 mm long; ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous or villous in lower half on ventral side only; stipe swollen (almost as wide as ovary), 0.7–1.4 mm long, with hairs ventrally and laterally; style glabrous or sparsely tomentose in lower half only, scarcely to strongly exserted from late bud; pollen-presenter lateral. Follicle obloid-ellipsoidal, 8–11 mm long, glabrous, with faint longitudinal ridges. 

Sporadic but widespread in southern N.S.W. and Vic. 

Grevillea rosmarinifolia is very variable, grading morphologically and ecologically from montane eastern N.S.W. (where it has a bushy to erect habit, relatively broad leaves, and a mesic habitat) through Vic. (variable habit and leaves), to western Vic., and N into inland N.S.W. (consistently upright and densely foliaged habit with the needle-like leaves ≤ 1 mm across). Two subspecies are recognised, but much more research is needed.


Leaves narrowly elliptic to sublinear, usually not crowded on short lateral branchlets, pungent or not; lower leaf surface exposed, or if enclosed then leaves either > 15 mm long or > 0.8 mm wide

subsp. rosmarinifolia

Leaves linear-subterete, mostly very crowded on short lateral branchlets, pungent; lower leaf surface fully enclosed by revolute margins; leaves 8–15 mm long, 0.7–0.8 mm wide

subsp. glabella


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