Grevillea floripendula R.V.Sm.

Ben Major Grevillea

Muelleria 4: 423 (1981) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Spreading decumbent to semi-prostrate shrub, 0.3–1 m high. Branchlet indumentum villous. Leaves pinnatisect or occasionally pinnatifid, 2–6.5 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, with 5–9(–11) angular-obovate primary lobes, these again 2–6-dentate to -fid or sometimes simple, basal lobes 1–2 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide; lower surface with an open to sparse indumentum of curly to wavy hairs; margin shortly recurved. Conflorescences terminal, usually pendulous, usually simple, secund, 3–5.5 cm long; peduncles (10–)20–30 mm long, 0.4–0.5 mm wide; rachises tomentose; outer surface of perianth greenish to mauve, subsericeous to loosely tomentose, inner surface mauve-maroon to blackish, glabrous; pistil 13.5–16 mm long, ovary stipitate, subvillous, style yellow to red, glabrous, pollen presenter oblique. Fruits subsericeous, with longitudinal brown stripes. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, Gold, VVP. Restricted to a small area north of Beaufort, from Waterloo to Ben Major Forest. Grows in dry open-forest, on shallow quartzitic soils.

The slender, wiry and glabrous peduncles are a strong diagnostic feature (cf. the related Grevillea steiglitziana, G. dryophylla, and G. montis-cole). In G. montis-cole some conflorescences on an individual plant can be glabrous, but then the peduncles are 0.6–0.8 mm wide, and shorter. Grevillea montis-cole also usually has a greater number of primary leaf lobes (3–)5–12(–22) compared with (3–)5–7(–9) in G. floripendula.

Olde & Marriott (1995a) distinguish 2 forms:

Ben Major form—semi-prostrate habit, leaves shallowly divided, and flowers reddish, occurring in Ben Major state Forest

Musical Gully form—to 1 m high, leaves more deeply divided, and flowers variable in colour.

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, 2019-05-08
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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 floripendula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Grevillea floripendula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

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