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Useful Tropical Plants

Grevillea pteridifolia

Knight.

Proteaceae

+ Synonyms

Grevillea chrysodendrum R.Br.

Grevillea mitchellii Hook.

Common Name: Fern-leaved Grevillea

Grevillea pteridifolia
Close-up of the inflorescences
Photograph by: Unknown
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Fern-leaved grevillea is a variable, evergreen plant - sometimes a shrub only 2 metres tall, it can also grow into a tree up to 14 metres tall, rarely it adopts a prostrate habit[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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Title
Flora of Australia
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Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild as a source of edible nectar and materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.

Habitat

Found in a wide range of habitats including eucalypt woodland, heath, and openings in sub-rainforest scrub; often in moister sites such as floodplains, near swamps or creeks but also on ridges and slopes[
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Title
Flora of Australia
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Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsBirds
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of tropical areas, where it is found at elevations from 250 - 2,000 metres[
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]. The plant tolerates some frost and can withstand a dry season of 6 - 8 months[
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In the wild the plant usually grows on sandy soils, occasionally on clay-loams[
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Flora of Australia
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
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The plant sets copious amounts of seed and has weed potential outside its native range[
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Title
Flora of Australia
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Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
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The coppicing ability of Grevillea pteridifolia is poor[
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The plant can flower all year round[
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Title
Flora of Australia
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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Year
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ISBN
 
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The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
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Edible Uses

The flowers are a very rich source of nectar. The nectar can be licked from the flowers, or they can be soaked in water to make a sweet drink[
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Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
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Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is an effective wind-break[
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Plants are suitable for planting on wasteland soils with a texture varying from pulverized lateritic soil to sandy loam, including loose soils on dumps of coal and bauxite mines, where it regenerates spontaneously[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Other Uses

The dried foliage has been used as an elastic stuffing for mattresses[
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The wood is a source of fuel wood and poles[
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Propagation

Seed - pre-soak in water for 24 hours prior to sowing. Germination usually takes 25 - 30 days. Seedlings are ready for planting when they are 10 - 15 cm tall and bearing 7 - 8 leaves[
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Suckers, planted out at any time that the soil is moist enough.
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