Grevillea wilkinsonii

Distribution Map
Family: Proteaceae
Distribution: Restricted location near Tumut, New South Wales.
Common Name: Tumut grevillea.
Derivation of Name: Grevillea...after Charles Francis Greville, co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society
wilkinsonii...Afrer Tom Wilkinson, who discovered the species.
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:

G.wilkinsonii was first discovered in 1991 along the banks of the Goobarragandra River near Tumut in NSW. It is a shrub 1.5 to 2 metres high x 2 metres wide with oblong, toothed leaves which can be up to 170 mm long by 25 mm wide. The mauve to purple flowers are typical of the "toothbrush"-flowered grevilleas where the individual flowers are arranged in a terminal one-sided raceme. Flowers occur during winter and spring.

Grevillea wilkinsonii
Grevillea wilkinsonii
Photo: Brian Walters

This species has only been in cultivation for a short period but appears to be hardy and reliable in temperate climates of the east coast. It prefers well drained soils in a sunny position. The species is performing exceptionally well at the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra and should become a very popular species when plants become more widely available. Like most grevilleas, the flowers attract honeyeating birds.

Because of its rarity, seed is not available but would probably germinate well if "nicked" with a sharp knife prior to sowing. Limited experience indicates that cuttings from firm, current season's growth strike reliably.

* 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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