Spreading or procumbent shrub 0.2–1.5 m high. Leaves entire, narrowly elliptic to narrowly obovate or linear, 0.5–4 cm long, 0.5–10 mm wide; lower surface tomentose to lanate; margin revolute to midvein or shortly recurved. Conflorescences simple, 2–16-flowered, usually terminal on short branches, sometimes also subterminal axillary and 2-flowered; rachises 0.5–5(–10) mm long, tomentose to villous; perianth usually red (sometimes pink to mauve, rarely white), often paler on dorsal side; outer surface subsericeous, occasionally almost glabrous, inner surface bearded; pistil 21.5–28.5 mm long, ovary stipitate, sericeous, style pink or red or rarely white, usually pilose near base, glabrescent towards apex, pollen presenter oblique. Fruits tomentose to sub villous. Flowers mainly late winter–early summer.
CVU, DunT, Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, VVP, Wim. CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VVP, Wim. Grows in sandy or light-loam soils, south and west from c. Dunolly, usually in eucalypt woodland with a heathy understorey or in shrubland.
The species is variable between populations in habit, leaf dimensions and colour, and tendency to root-sucker. Olde & Marriott (1995a) distinguish a number of these as forms; they also reinstate Grevillea rogersii Maiden (characterized by leaves 2–10 mm long in tight pseudowhorls on suppressed lateral branchlets, by a narrower perianth (2–3 mm wide), and conflorescences with 1–4 flowers). Makinson (2000) treated G. rogersii as a subspecies of G. lavandulacea, regarding it as endemic to Kangaroo Island. Similar populations have been recorded from the lower Glenelg River in Victoria, their placement between the subspecies is uncertain.
Makinson, R.O. (2000). Grevillea, 1–524, in: Australian Biological Resources Study, Flora of Australia vol. 17A, Proteaceae 2, Grevillea, CSIRO Publishing.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|