Grevillea refracta R.Br. Silver-leaf Grevillea
Trans.Linn.Soc.London 10:176 (1810)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Tuesday 21 September 1999

Shrub or tree, 1.2-6 m high. Fl. red-orange/yellow/pink, Apr to Sep. Sand, sandstone. Outcrops, cliffs & plateaus.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Central Kimberley, Great Sandy Desert, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Victoria Bonaparte.

IBRA Subregions: Berkeley, McLarty, Mitchell, Mount Eliza, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Pentecost, Victoria Bonaparte P1.

IMCRA Regions: Kimberley.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Nicholas S. Lander, Tuesday 8 April 2008

Habit and leaf form. Trees or shrubs, 2–6 m high. Branchlets not glaucous. Leaves simple, 80–170 mm long overall. Leaf blade dissected or undissected, flat, obovate or linear, subpinnatisect (blades broad with narrow bases), not further divided. Leaf lobes 40–130 mm long, 5–35 mm wide. Margins entire, flat. Hairs straight.

Inflorescence and floral features. Inflorescence terminal; a raceme. Flowers yellow or orange or red, regular. Pedicel 5–8 mm long. Perianth 10–15 mm long, glandular-hairy or simple-hairy, 4 -partite; lobes all free. Stamens 4. Pistil 18–22 mm long, stipitate; stipe 2–3 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Styles glabrous, yellow. Pollen presenter lateral, or oblique.

Fruit features. Fruit granulose, lens-shaped, glabrous, 18–31 mm long.

Flowering Time. May, or June, or July, or August, or September.

Habitat. Amongst medium trees, or low trees, or low (sclerophyll) shrubland, or spinifex grassland; in rocky or stony soil, or gravelly soil, or sand.

Distribution. Western Australia, Northern Territory. Western Australian Botanical Province(s): Eremaean and Northern; IBRA Bioregions ER: GSD, TAN, PIL, and LSD; IBRA Bioregions N: NK, VB, CK, DL, and OVP.


subsp. glandulifera: Branchlets leaves and flowers with indumentum of mainly glandular hairs

subsp. refracta: Branchlets leaves and flowers with indumentum of biramous hairs only.

Etymology. refracta (L): r. broken off, bot. bent back abruptly from the base.

Descriptions were generated using DELTA format and DELTA software: Dallwitz (1980) and Dallwitz, Paine and Zurcher (1993 onwards, 1995 onwards, 1998)