Grevillea repens F.Muell. ex Meisn.

Creeping Grevillea

Linnaea 26: 355 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate trailing or mat-forming shrub to c. 3 m across. Branchlet indumentum sparse sericeous. Leaves oblong to ovate or elliptic, 1.5–11.5 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, coarsely spinose-dentate with 7–19(–25) spinose teeth or short triangular lobes, sometimes with sparing secondary toothing; lower surface with an open-appressed indumentum of wavy hairs, or almost glabrous; margin shortly recurved. Conflorescences terminal (often on short axillary branchlets), erect to decurved, simple, secund, 3.5–8 cm long, rachis indumentum open-appressed; perianth light green or grey with reddish striations, subsericeous outside, glabrous inside; pistil 16–19 mm long, ovary stipitate, subsericeous to subvillous, style deep red, rarely dull orange to yellow, glabrous, pollen presenter oblique. Fruits with an open-appressed indumentum, dorsally red-striped. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, VVP. Endemic in Victoria. Rather rare, with disjunct occurrences in mountains north-east and north-west of Melbourne: i.e. between Mt Disappointment and Healesville (Mt Slide form), and near Daylesford. Grows in moist to well-drained situations in shallow clayey soils in dry sclerophyll forest.

The Mt Slide form has a tendency to have leaves with truncate bases, floral bracts less than 1 mm wide and more persistent, a mixture of glandular and non-glandular hairs on pedicels and perianth, and styles consistently red; it prefers drier sites. The Daylesford form tends to have cuneate leaf-bases, bracts often up to 2 mm wide and deciduous in bud stage, flowers lacking glandular hairs, and styles ranging from red to orange or pink; it tolerates moister sites.

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, 2016-12-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Grevillea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Grevillea repens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea repens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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