Grevillea brevifolia F.Muell. ex Benth.

Cobberas Grevillea

Fl. Austral. 5: 467 (1870) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading shrub 0.5–2.5 m high, 2–3.5 wide. Branchlets moderately densely subsericeous or subtomentose. Leaves entire, elliptic, narrowly-ellipticl, ovate or obovate, (8–)21-38(–49.5) mm long, 6–16(–20) mm wide; leaf length to width ratio (1.9:1–)2–2.5:1(–3:1); upper surface glabrous or subsericeous just above petiole, glossy; margins tightly and shortly recurved; lower surface densely white sericeous or subsericeous, reticulum absent. Conflorescences usually terminal, declined, decurved, simple to 2-branched. Primary peduncles (0–)3–7(–11) mm long, (1.0–) 1.2–1.4(–1.8) mm wide, indumentum densely white sericeous or subsericeous; floral rachises (7–)15–20(–35) mm long. Limb of flower buds subglobose in side view, apex obtuse (seldom subacute). Limb-segments of tepals (mature pre-anthesis flowers) not keeled or obscurely keeled along external midline. Dorsal tepals 17.5–22 mm long, 1.2–2.2 mm wide. Perianth outer surface (below limb) red, epidermis partly visible, moderately densely subtomentose or tomentose, with ferruginous and tan hairs; inner surface densely bearded near base. Pistil 18-22(–24) mm long, ovary stipitate, glabrous, style red or pink-red; face of pollen presenter concurrent with style, flat or convex. Fruits glabrous. Flowers late Aug.- May., but in the absence of snow can occur sporadically throughout the year.

EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM. Also NSW. Usually found in subalpine and alpine woodlands, typically on rocky sites, slopes, ridges and outcrops.

Grevillea brevifolia is similar to G. polychroma, but can be separated by characters given in the key.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2016-09-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-05

Stajsic, V. & Molyneux, W.M. (2006). Taxonomic studies in the Grevillea victoriae F.Muell. species complex (Proteaceae: Grevilleoideae) I. Descriptions of nine previously segregated, and three new taxa., Muelleria 22: 22-76.

Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Grevillea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Grevillea brevifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea brevifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales