Grevillea scapigera

Distribution Map
Family: Proteaceae
Distribution: Very restricted area in south Western Australia.
Common Name: Corrigin grevillea
Derivation of Name: Grevillea...after Charles Francis Greville, co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society
scapigera...from Latin, scapiger, bearing a scape, referring to the long, leafless flowering stems
Conservation Status: Listed as Endangered under the EPBC Act* (ie. facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future, as determined in accordance with prescribed criteria). Classified as 2E under the ROTAP * system.

General Description:

Grevillea scapigera is one of Australia's most "at risk" species. It is known only from a few small populations, mainly road verges.

Grevillea scapigera
Grevillea scapigera
Photo: Brian Walters

Grevillea scapigera has a prostrate habit of growth and may spread to about 2 metres in diameter. Despite its rarity, there are distinct differences between the various populations, mainly in features associated with the foliage. Generally the leaves are pinnately lobed into 5 or more segments and are up to 75 mm long. In some populations the leaves are greyish (glaucous). The white or cream flowers appear in globular clusters about 40mm in diameter on very long stalks held above the foliage. Flowers are followed by unusual boat-shaped seed capsules covered with "warty" protuberances.

Because of its rarity, G.scapigera has received only limited cultivation. In common with many species from south Western Australia, it is difficult to maintain in areas with humid summers. Some success has been achieved in grafting this species onto a variety of Grevillea rootstocks but there is some evidence of incompatibility after 4-5 years.

G.scapigera strikes readily from cuttings and has been propagated by tissue culture at Mt Annan Botanic Garden in south-west Sydney.

* 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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