Grevillea candelabroides

Distribution Map
Family: Proteaceae
Distribution: Sandy heaths on the west coast of Western Australia.
Common Name: No generally accepted common name.
Derivation of
Grevillea...after Charles Francis Greville, co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society
candelabroides....From Latin candela, a candle and arbor, a tree, referring to the candle-like inflorescence
Not currently listed as threatened under the EPBC Act*. Regarded as vulnerable over the long term and classified as 3VC under the ROTAP * system.

General Description:

Grevillea candelabroides
Grevillea candelabroides
Photo: Brian Walters

Grevillea candelabroides is a large shrub up to 4 metres in height by a similar spread. It has greyish-green, pinnately lobed leaves to around 30 mm long. The white flowers occur in long, branching, candle-like clusters up to 250 mm long. Flowers appear in late spring to summer and are highly scented.

This species is closely related to G.leucopteris and the flowers share with that species a strong, unpleasant aroma often described as resembling "old socks". Despite this, it is a very spectacular grevillea which should be more widely cultivated, particularly in areas with a Mediterranean-type climate of hot, dry summers and wet winters. In common with many species native to south Western Australia, G.candelabroides is not reliable on its own roots in humid, sub-tropical and tropical areas. It can, however, be grown successfully in those areas if grafted. It prefers a location in well-drained soils in full sun.

Propagation can be carried out from seed (preferably fresh and with the seed coat "nicked" to expose the embryo slightly prior to sowing). Cuttings are usually slow to strike. The species has been successfully grafted using Grevillea robusta (silky oak) as rootstock.

* EPBC Act = Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;
  ROTAP = Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (Briggs and Leigh, 1988)
  For further information refer the Australian Plants at Risk page

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