Grevillea juniperina, the prickly spider-flower, is a plant of the
family Proteaceae native to eastern New South Wales and south-eastern
Queensland in Australia. It is a small prickly-leaved shrub from 0.2 to
3 m (8 in to 10 ft) high, generally growing on clay-based or alluvial
soils in eucalypt woodland. Scottish botanist Robert Brown described
G. juniperina in 1810, and seven subspecies are recognised. The flower
heads (inflorescences) appear from winter to early summer and are red,
orange or yellow. Birds visit and pollinate the flowers. G. juniperina
plants are killed by bushfire, regenerating afterwards from seed. The
species adapts readily to cultivation and has been important in
horticulture as it is the parent of many popular garden hybrids.
G. j. juniperina, a subspecies restricted to western Sydney and
environs, has its habitat threatened by housing development and other
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grevillea_juniperina>
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