Grevillea after Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), a co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society. Lavandulacea from the genus Lavandula for lavender, and the Latin '-acea' meaning resembling to, referring to the foliage which was thought to resemble lavender.
Distribution and status
Found east of Eyre Peninsula on dunes, hills or cliff tops in sclerophyllous shrubland, woodland or forest, on sand or loam, rarely clay soils.
Herbarium regions: Flinders Ranges, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Prostrate to spreading bush 0.3-1 m high, variable between populations. Leaves rigid, sessile, elliptic to narrow-linear 0.2-3.5cm long, 0.7-8 mm wide; upper surface persistently sericeous or glabrescent, dark green; lower surface persistently raised- or appressed-tomentose. Inflorecence a raceme, umbelliform, dens, with 1-13 pink to red flowers, with a whitish perianth limb, 6-11 mm long. Flowering April - January. Fruits are follicle curved-ovoid, 12-15 mm long, tomentose, laterally but vertically inserted on the 6-8 mm long stipe, with a persistent terminal style Seeds are seeds when young ellipsoid, brown, with a groove lined by a narrow cream wing on one side, the wing extended slightly into a short caruncle-like process at the apex Seed embryo type is straight
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between December and April. Tie collection bags around branchlets to catch mature seeds, or sieve material from underneath foliage.