Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
Grevillea wickhamii subsp. aprica
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - April
|Common name ||Wickham's grevillea|
|Scientific name ||Grevillea wickhamii subsp. aprica McGill|
|Family ||Proteaceae |
|Etymology || |
Genus: After Charles Francis Greville, 1749-1809, co-founder of the Horticultural Society, London, later the Royal Horticultural Society.
Species: After John Wickham who was First Lieutenant on Charles Darwin’s ship, the Beagle; from Latin, apricus, warmed by sunshine, a reference to flower colour and habitat.
|Distribution ||Occurring naturally across the tropical north and central regions of Australia.|
|Native habitat ||Occurs on open hillsides or ridges, on open spinifex plain and near creek lines.|
|Description || |
An erect shrub or small tree to 6 metres.
|Flowering/fruiting ||Flowers autumn to winter.|
Location in Garden
You can see it growing in Bed 14c in the Connections Garden.
This showy grevillea is ideal for the tropical and subtropical gardens, although it flowers as far south as Sydney. It has attractive blue-grey foliage and bright red-orange, pendulous flowers which are loved by honeyeaters.
It requires a full sun position in the garden, with very good drainage and good air circulation.
The voyage of the Beagle provided Darwin with information that contributed to his book, The Origin of Species, which first outlined the concept of evolution.
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