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Grevillea robusta (Australian silky oak)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Proteales > Family: Proteaceae > Genus: Grevillea

Grevillea robusta (Australian silky oak) growing in the suburb of Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]


Grows into a large tree, about 8 - 40 m tall, with large inflorescences of golden yellow flowers.

Distribution and habitat

Native to the east coast and adjacent coastal ranges of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, Australia. Widely cultivated in urban areas of Australia and in other parts of the world with mainly tropical and subtropical climates. A fairly regularly cultivated tree in urban areas of southern Africa; mainly grown as a street tree or in large gardens. In Cape Town there is a large tree next to Kenilworth Station and one in the Company Gardens.

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Text by Hamish Robertson