Grevillea parallela

Distribution Map
Family: Proteaceae
Distribution: Across northern tropical Australia and extending south in central Queensland to near Roma.
Common Name: Silver Oak, White Grevillea
Derivation of Name: Grevillea...after Charles Francis Greville, co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society
parallela...from Latin, parallelus, parallel, in reference to the parallel veins on the leaves.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

General Description:

Grevillea parallela is a tall shrub or small tree, 2.5-15 metres high, with pendulous foliage. Bark is dark, hard and conspicuously furrowed. The laves are narrow, tapering to the base, dull green above, silky-hairy with 1-5 longitudinal veins beneath, 10-40 cm x 0.2-1.0 cm. Leaves may occasionally be divided into 2-6 narrow lobes.

Grevillea parallela
Grevillea parallela
Photo: Keith Townsend

The cream to white flowers are perfumed, waxy, crowded and borne in cylindrical racemes 5-10 cm long, several racemes forming a crowded terminal panicle. Flowering period is from July to December. Two broadly winged seeds are borne in a rounded follicle 2-2.5 cm x 1.5 cm.

G.parallela is a very attractive tree which is rarely seen in cultivation. It flowers profusely if given extra water when buds are forming.

The species may be propagated from scarified seed. Cuttings are also reported to be successful.

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