Telopea oreades F.Muell.

Gippsland Waratah

Fragm. 2: 170 (1861)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender much-branched shrub or tree to c. 12 m high, rarely taller, glabrous. Leaves narrowly obovate to oblanceolate, 10–30 cm long, 15–60 mm wide, dull dark green, surfaces granular when dried, venation most obvious on lower surface; apex broadly acute; margins entire; petiole 10–25 mm long. Inflorescence a compact, 30–60-flowered raceme or head, to c. 10 cm across; involucral bracts linear or lanceolate, mostly 2–5 cm long, pink, red or greenish, caducous; pedicels 10–20 mm long. Tepals 20–25 mm long, crimson, rarely white, glabrous. Follicle 5–7.5 cm long, excluding the persistent style, leathery, dark brown; seeds 10–16 per follicle, to c. 45 mm long including wing. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, MonT. Also NSW. Occasional in wet sclerophyll forests and temperate rainforests east of c. Orbost, mainly montane (ascending to c. 1300 m on Mt Ellery), but occurring down to c. 200 m (e.g. at Lind National Park).

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Telopea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Telopea oreades in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Telopea oreades in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present cultivated
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory