One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen tree or shrub bearing conspicuous flowers that lack petals, most kinds of which are native to Australia.
Genus Grevillea, family Proteaceae
- ‘Acacias, grevilleas and melaleucas need careful annual pruning to keep them busy and attractive and should be replaced when they are no longer so.’
- ‘Noisy Miners were significantly more common in gardens that contained eucalypts, but they were no more common in gardens with grevilleas, unless those gardens also contained eucalypts.’
- ‘It grows to over 1.5m but should, like all grevilleas, be pruned back to prevent it from becoming straggly.’
- ‘The fern-leaved grevillea or honey wattle, Grevillea pteridifolia (family Proteaceae), is a slender tree with fine silvery leaves and brilliant orange flowers.’
- ‘Native plants with needle-like leaves or those with a small surface area such as many callistemons, grevilleas and hakeas are also reliable in heat.’
Modern Latin, named after Charles F. Greville (1749–1809), Scottish horticulturalist.
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