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Grevillea sericea
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Scientific classification

Grevillea sericea, commonly known as the pink spider flower, is a shrub endemic to New South Wales, Australia.


It grows as a shrub from half a metres to two metres tall. It has angular, ridged branchlets and oval shaped leaves one to five centimetres long and two to nine millimetres wide.long, straight leaves from three to twelve centimetres long, and one to five millimetres wide. Flowers are pink; as with other Grevillea species, they occur in an inflorescence of many flowers.


Embothrium sericeum (Sowerby)
Embrothium sericeum, as illustrated in A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland

The species was first formally described in James Edward Smith's 1793 A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland as Embothrium sericeum var. minor. In 1810, Robert Brown transferred it into Grevillea as G. sericea.

Other synonyms include:

  • Grevillea riparia R.Br.
  • Grevillea stricta R.Br.
  • Lysanthe sericea (Sm.) Knight

Two subspecies are recognised: G. sericea subsp. riparia and G. sericea subsp. sericea.

The species sometimes hybridises with G. diffusa subsp. diffusa and G. linearifolia.

Distribution and habitat

The species is widespread in New South Wales, occurring from south of Sydney inland to Mudgee and north to Toronto and Wyee.

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