Grevillea chrysodendrum R.Br.
Grevillea mitchellii Hook.
Common Name: Fern-leaved Grevillea
Grevillea pteridifolia 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[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild as a source of edible nectar and materials.
Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.
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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A plant of tropical areas, where it is found at elevations from 250 - 2,000 metres[
]. It grows best in areas with a mean annual rainfall of 1,000 - 1,500 mm[
]. The plant tolerates some frost and can withstand a dry season of 6 - 8 months[
In the wild the plant usually grows on sandy soils, occasionally on clay-loams[
]. 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[
The plant sets copious amounts of seed and has weed potential outside its native range[
The coppicing ability of Grevillea pteridifolia is poor[
The plant can flower all year round[
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[
The plant is an effective wind-break[
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[
The dried foliage has been used as an elastic stuffing for mattresses[
The wood is a source of fuel wood and poles[
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[
Suckers, planted out at any time that the soil is moist enough.
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