Grevillea lanigera

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Woolly Grevillea
Grevillea lanigera mount tamboritha.jpg
Grevillea lanigera 'Mount Tamboritha'
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Grevillea
Species: G. lanigera
Binomial name
Grevillea lanigera
A.Cunn. ex R.Br.[1]
Grevillea lanigera 'Lutea'

Grevillea lanigera, commonly known as Woolly Grevillea, is a small shrub which is endemic to Victoria and New South Wales in Australia.

Description[edit]

The species shows considerable variation in its habit and other characteristics. It may be prostrate or erect, the latter forms growing from 0.3 to 1.5 metres in height. The red flowers may occur throughout the year, but are most prolific in winter and spring. It has hairy leaves and branchlets, giving rise to the specific epithet lanigera derived from the Latin words lana (wool) and ger (to bear or carry).[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was formally described in 1832 in Robert Brown's Supplementum primum prodromi florae Novae Hollandiae.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Grevillea lanigera occurs in an area that extends from Wilsons Promontory in Australia northwards to the south coast of New South Wales and nearby mountain ranges.

Cultivars and forms[edit]

There are a number of named cultivars and forms including the following:

  • G. lanigera 'Blush'
  • G. lanigera 'Clearview John' -form from Lake Glenmaggie
  • G. lanigera coastal form
  • G. lanigera 'Coastal Gem'
  • G. lanigera fine-leaved form
  • G. lanigera 'Lutea'
  • G. lanigera 'Mt Tamboritha' - a prostrate form (also known as 'Compacta' or 'Prostrate Form')
  • G. lanigera Snowy River form
  • G. lanigera Victor Harbor form

The species is known to hybridise with Grevillea alpina, Grevillea arenaria, Grevillea floribunda, Grevillea jephcottii, Grevillea polybractea and Grevillea rosmarinifolia. Named hybrids include:

  • G. 'Clearview Robin' - Snowy River form x Victor Harbour form
  • G. 'Crosbie Morrison' - G. lanigera x G. lavandulacea
  • G. 'Edna Walling Softly Softly' - G.alpina x G. lanigera 'Blush'
  • G. 'Little Thicket' - G. lanigera x G. arenaria[3]
  • G. 'Granya Glory' - G. lanigera x G. polybractea
  • G. 'Pinkie' - seedling from G. lanigera

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Grevillea lanigera". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Grevilllea lanigera". Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Olde, Peter and Marriott, Neil (1995). The Grevillea Book Volume 2. Australia. p. 225-227 publisher=Kangaroo Press. ISBN 0864176163.