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Grevillea shiressii - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Grevillea shiressii
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 29 Jul 2019


A tall shrub to 2 - 5 m high with distinctive coloured flowers that are initially green, becoming blue-grey to mauve then translucent cream, over time. Leaves are entire, lanceolate to elliptic, 8 - 19 cm long, 1 - 3 cm wide, and hairless. Inflorescences are 2 - 9 flowered.


Known from two populations near Gosford, on tributaries of the lower Hawkesbury River north of Sydney (Mooney Mooney Creek and Mullet Creek). Both populations occur within the Gosford Local Government Area. There is also a naturalised population at Newcastle.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows along creek banks in wet sclerophyll forest with a moist understorey in alluvial sandy or loamy soils.
  • Flowers mainly late winter to Spring (July-December), with seed released at maturity in October. Flowers are bird pollinated and seeds are dispersed by ants.
  • A fire sensitive obligate seeder that is highly susceptible to local extinction due to frequent fire, however, fire is likely to be relatively infrequent in the habitat of G. shiressii.
  • Seed germination does occur in the absence of fire, however some physical disturbance is likely to promote seed germination.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinPittwater Known Central Coast LGA