Grevillea robusta A. Cunn. ex R. Br.

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Grevillea robusta

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Harry Pichanick Drive, roadside

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Common names: Australian silky oak (English) Silver oak (English)
Description: Large semi-deciduous tree. Leaves pinnately compound with deeply lobed leaflets, dark green above, silvery-grey below. The flowers are borne in horizontal, one-sided, brush-like inflorescences, orange-yellow.
Notes: A local garden escape in the Eastern Highlands. Introduced as a shade tree, windbreak or ornament. It has become naturalised in parts of Zimbabwe. If not controlled, it could become a serious invader, particularly at forest margins and along river banks in the Eastern Highlands.
Derivation of specific name: robusta: robust
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Worldwide distribution: Native of Australia
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 50.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

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Flora of Mozambique: Grevillea robusta
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Grevillea robusta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grevillea robusta
African Plant Database: Grevillea robusta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Grevillea robusta
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Grevillea robusta
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grevillea robusta
Plants of the World Online: Grevillea robusta
Tropicos: Grevillea robusta
Wikipedia: Grevillea robusta

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Grevillea robusta., retrieved 21 June 2024

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