Grevillea dimorpha F.Muell.

Flame Grevillea

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 21 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect to spreading shrub to 2 m high. Leaves simple and entire, elliptic to linear or narrowly obovate, 5–15 cm long, 1.5–40 mm wide; lower surface subsericeous; margin recurved or shortly revolute. Conflorescences axillary or cauline, rarely terminal on short lateral branchlets, usually simple; unit conflorescences usually decurved, subsecund; ultimate rachises (1–)2–12 mm long, tomentose to villous or occasionally subsericeous; perianth bright red, outer surface subsericeous to tomentose or loosely so, inner surface bearded; pistil 21–26 mm long, ovary stipitate, glabrous, style bright red, usually with short scattered erect hairs within 1–15 mm from the apex, pollen-presenter oblique. Fruits glabrous. Flowers mainly Aug–Dec.

CVU, DunT, Gold, GGr, VVP, Wim. Endemic in the Grampians, growing in moister areas of dry sclerophyll forest or heath. Sandy soils on sandstone.

Grevillea dimorpha was reduced by McGillivray (1986, 1993) to one of three subspecies of G. speciosa (Knight) McGill, with G. oleoides Sieber ex Schultes & Schultes f. similarly treated (both the latter are Sydney Basin endemics).

McGillivray & Makinson (1993) and Olde & Marriott (1995a) both discuss aspects of variation; in relation to habit and leaf form these variants are to some degree identifiable with discrete geographical populations within the range.

Source: Makinson, R.O. (1996). Grevillea. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-05

McGillivray, D.J. & Makinson, R.O. (1993). Grevillea, Proteaceae: a taxonomic revision, Melbourne University Press, at the Miegunyah Press.

Olde, P. & Marriott, N. (1995). The Grevillea Book, Kangaroo Press, Kenhurst, NSW, Australia.

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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 dimorpha in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea dimorpha in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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