Grevillea chrysophaea F.Muell. ex Meisn.

Golden Grevillea

Linnaea 26: 357 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading shrub 0.3–2.5 m high. Leaves entire, broadly to narrowly oblong-elliptic, to almost linear, 1.5–6 cm long, 3–15(–23) mm wide; lower surface tomentose to velvety, occasionally obscured by the recurved or revolute margin. Conflorescences terminal on short lateral apically decurved branchlets, usually simple, 2–8(–12)-flowered, 1.5–2 cm long, subsecund; rachises tomentose to subvillous; perianth dull to golden-yellow with a sprinkling of white and brown hairs, basally dilated, 4.5–6 mm across, outer surface tomentose to villous, inner surface bearded; tepals prominently keeled or horned near apex; perianth deciduous soon after anthesis; pistil 15–21.5 mm long, ovary sessile, villous, style red or orange-red with pale hairs, villous, pollen presenter lateral. Fruits villous, longitudinally ridged. Flowers mostly Jun.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, GipP, HSF, OtP, Strz, VAlp, VVP. Victorian endemic. Growing usually in eucalypt woodland or heath in silty sand to sandy loam in the Brisbane Ranges (Anakie-Steiglitz area), and Gippsland in the area roughly enclosed by Traralgon, Woodside and Sperm Whale Head-Licola.

Olde & Marriott (1995a) distinguish 3 forms:

Gippsland form-low rounded shrub, flowers often bright yellow-gold.

Brisbane Ranges form-open to straggly shrub, perianth conspicuously hairy.

Holey Plains form (from south-west of Sale) - with narrow leaves c. 5 mm wide, smaller and less hairy flowers than the other forms.

McGillivray's (1993) circumscription included the since-published Grevillea celata within G. chrysophaea; references in that treatment to root-suckering habit, red coloration on the perianth, and occurrence in the Buchan area refer to G. celata.

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 chrysophaea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea chrysophaea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales