Grevillea australis R.Br.

Alpine Grevillea

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 171 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading to prostrate, dense shrub, 0.3–1.2 m high. Leaves entire, narrowly obovate-elliptic or linear, 0.5–3(-4.5) cm long, 0.5–5.5 mm wide; lower surface with a dense appressed indumentum usually covering the midvein but entire surface sometimes wholly obscured by the revolute or recurved margin (margin refraction along intramarginal vein, usually uneven). Conflorescences terminal or subterminal-axillary, erect, loosely clustered or dome-shaped; ultimate rachises 1–2.5 mm long, tomentose; perianth white to pale pink, sometimes with brownish hairs on limb segments, outside coarsely subsericeous, inside usually glabrous or with the cushion-like pulvinus near the base occasionally with a tuft of hairs; pistil 6–7.5 mm long, cream (sometimes tipped pink), ovary stipitate, glabrous, style sharply incurved in apical 2 mm, pollen-presenter oblique. Fruits glabrous. Flowers mostly Dec.–Feb.

CVU, EGU, HNF, HSF, MuM, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Occurring on high peaks and plateaus from Mt Buller and Mt Baw Baw eastwards to the upper Buchan River area, usually in heath or woodland, often in moist rocky sites, swamps, or grasslands.

Occasionally confused with Grevillea alpivaga which has the midvein on the leaf undersurface only sparsely hairy.

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
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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 australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory