Spreading grevillea facts for kids
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Declared rare (DEC)
Grevillea humifusa, also known as spreading grevillea, is a prostrate shrub found only in a localised area in Western Australia and is considered critically endangered in the wild.
The plant grows from a lignotuber, up to 0.5 feet (0.15 m) high, with trailing stems extending to 6 feet (1.8 m) in length, The leaves are grey to grey-green, and are 1.5 to 2 cm long.
The pink to red flowers appear during spring. They occur in racemes, up to 2 cm long, at the end of branches.
Grevillea humifusa is considered to be under threat in its native habitat and has received legislative protection at both state and federal level as follows:
- Declared (in 1996) as "Rare Flora" under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act 1950
- Listed as "Endangered" under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Specimens of Grevillea humifusa were originally collected by H. Demarz of Kings Park and Botanic Garden from the Eneabba area in 1968.
Prior to attaining species status, Grevillea humifusa was known by the following synonyms.
- Grevillea sp. Eragilga P. Olde
- Grevillea thelemanniana 'form e' D.J.McGillivray & R.O.Makinson (1993)
Additionally, it was known by the following names in cultivation:
- Grevillea thelemanniana (prostrate form)
- Grevillea thelemanniana (grey-leaf form)
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