Grevillea alpivaga Gand.

Bull. Soc. Bot. France 66: 231 (1919) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub 0.7–1 m high. Leaves entire, linear, very crowded, often slightly curved, 0.8–2.5(–3) cm long, 0.9–1.4 mm wide; upper surface often minutely scabrous or granular along veins; margin usually vertically refracted downwards from the plane of the (usually flat, occasionally slightly convex) upper surface (leaf usually oblong in cross section); lower surface silky (usually some lamina showing beside midvein). Conflorescences c. 1 cm long, sessile, regular, umbel-like; perianth pale green to cream (brown hairs at apex), outer surface with appressed hairs, inner surface with a scanty beard opposite the ovary especially on ventral tepals; pistil 6.5–7 mm long; ovary stipitate, glabrous, style white (to pink?) reddening after anthesis, with minute hairs or papillae just below apex, pollen presenter oblique. Fruits glabrous. Flowers recorded Oct.–Feb.

HNF, VAlp. Endemic on Mt Buffalo and towards Porepunkah. Occurring on granite and sedimentary substrate (including slate), in eucalypt woodland at c. 900 m altitude and higher.

Grevillea alpivaga is very similar to G. gariwerdensis, the latter which has a slightly longer pistil 7–8.5 mm long, less crowded leaves with the margins once-refracted, often secund branchlets, and often pedunculate conflorescences. Also very similar to G. micrantha and G. neurophylla subsp. neurophylla. Grevillea micrantha differs in having the inner surface of perianth glabrous, or with only a few scattered hairs. Grevillea neurophylla subsp. neurophylla differs in having longer leaves the leaf upper surface is usually convex, the leaf lower surface is usually fully enclosed on either side of the midvein, and it has shorter pedicels 3–5 mm long.

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

Makinson, R.O. (2000). Grevillea, 1-524, in: Australian Biological Resources Study, Flora of Australia vol. 17A, Proteaceae 2, Grevillea, CSIRO Publishing.

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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 alpivaga in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea alpivaga in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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