Grevillea sarissa S.Moore Wheel Grevillea
J.Linn.Soc.,Bot. 34:222 (1898)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Tuesday 21 September 1999

Spreading shrub, 0.6-3.5 m high. Fl. red/yellow, Mar or Aug to Dec. Sand, loam, clay, gypsum soils. Dunes, plains, salt lakes, claypans.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Murchison.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Western Murchison.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Menzies, Mukinbudin, Yalgoo.

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

Habit and leaf form. Shrubs, 1–3 m high. Branchlets not glaucous. Leaves simple, 15–190 mm long overall. Leaf blade 1–2.5 mm wide, undissected, subterete or dipleural or flat, linear, tripartite; shallowly divided; not further divided or bipartite. Margins entire, revolute, enclosing the lower surface of the leaf blade, forming two grooves with the midvein.

Inflorescence and floral features. Inflorescence axillary, or terminal; a raceme. Flowers yellow or red or pink, very irregular. Pedicel 4–8 mm long. Perianth 12–20 mm long, glabrous or simple-hairy, 4 -partite; lobes all free. Stamens 4. Pistil 16–25 mm long, stipitate; stipe 6–9 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Styles glabrous, yellow or red. Pollen presenter oblique.

Fruit features. Fruit granulose, ellipsoidal or ovoid, glabrous, 10–20 mm long.

Flowering Time. March, or August, or September, or October, or November, or December.

Habitat. Amongst medium trees, or low trees, or tall (sclerophyll) shrubland, or low (sclerophyll) shrubland; in sand, or loam, or clay.

Distribution. Western Australia. Western Australian Botanical Province(s): Eremaean; IBRA Bioregions ER: GAS, YAL, MUR, GVD, COO, and NUL. Western Australian native; endemic to Western Australia.


subsp. sarissa: Leaves dorsiventral, lower surface two grooved: Outer surface of perianth glabrous

subsp. succinta: Leaves dorsiventral, lower surface two grooved: Most leaves less than 60 mm long: Outer surface of perianth with appressed hairs

subsp. anfractifolia: Leaves dorsiventral, lower surface two grooved: Most leaves more than 80 mm long, simple.Outer surface of perianth with appressed hairs

subsp. recitepala: Leaves dipleural.Outer surface of perianth with appressed hairs

subsp. bicolor: Leaves dipleural: Outer surface of perianth with spreading hairs.

Etymology. sarissa (L): s. a long Macedonian lance (refers to the leaves: Grevillea).

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