Grevillea banksii: Red silky oak

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Grevillea banksii, known by various common names including Red silky oak, Dwarf silky oak, Banks’ grevillea, Kahili tree is a plant of the large genus Grevillea in the diverse family Proteaceae. Native to Queensland, it has been a popular garden plant for many years though has been superseded somewhat horticulturally by smaller and more floriferous hybrids.

Grevillea banksii was first described by the botanist Robert Brown, who gave it its epithet in honour of Sir Joseph Banks.

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Grevillea

Grevillea is a diverse genus of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants in the protea family Proteaceae, native to rainforest and more open habitats in AustraliaNew GuineaNew Caledonia and Indonesia. It was named in honour of Charles Francis Greville. The species range from prostrate shrubs less than 50 cm [20 in] tall to trees 35 m [115 ft] tall.

Common names include grevillea, spider flower, silky oak, bottle brush and toothbrush plant. Closely related to the genus Hakea, the genus gives its name to the subfamily Grevilleoideae.

They are good bird-attracting plants, honeyeaters in particular are common visitors. They are also used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Dryandra Moth and the Pieris rapae or the Small White.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Wikipedia

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