Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Grevillea evansiana

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah - March

Common name Evans’ grevillea
Scientific name Grevillea evansiana MacKee
Family  Proteaceae

Genus: for Charles Francis Greville PC, FRS (1749-1809), a British antiquarian, collector, politician and horticulturist.

Species: for ‘…Mr O.D. Evans, Dept of Botany, University of Sydney, to whom I, like many others, owe my first introduction to the study of the flora of New South Wales.’ H.S. McKee 1951.  Mr Evans was also co-author of the well-known Flora of the Sydney Region by NCW Beadle, OD Evans, RC Carolin.

Distribution Central Tablelands botanical subdivision of New South Wales. Known only from an area east of Rylstone and particularly around Dunn’s Swamp in Wollemi National Park.
Native habitat Dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, occasionally in swampy heath, in sandy soils, usually over Narrabeen Group sandstone.
Description Low, dense, spreading shrub, rarely more than 0.5 metres high.
Flowering/fruiting Flowers recorded from August to December.


Australian Woodland, at the up-hill edge of the lowest road on the northern side of the garden and slightly east of the grove of Johnson’s grass tree, Xanthorrhoea johnsonii.


A rare chance to see a rare plant in flower!

Occupying small pockets of private land and an area of National Park included in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this species is threatened by habitat disturbance and degradation. It could also be threatened by inappropriate fire regimes and the introduction of fungal pathogens to its habitat. It is listed as Vulnerable under both the New South Wales Threatened Species Act 1995 (TSC Act 1995) and the Commonwealth Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act 1999).

One of a small, closely related group of species that also includes G. capitellata and G. diffusa, that occurs in fairly small areas around the rim of the Sydney basin, all characterised by small, reddish and tightly globose flower heads, often dangling below the foliage and in some species often on the ground surface. Despite their small size, the flowers can be nectar rich, and are visited by a variety of honeyeater birds.

Possibly available sometimes through the Australian Plant Society’s Grevillea Study Group.