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Grevillea sericea ssp. sericea
Grevillea sericea, commonly known as the pink spider flower, but also pink midget and silky grevillea, is an Australian native species of the family Proteaceae, and is endemic to NSW. There are two subspecies (see notes). It grows as a shrub upwards of 2 metres tall. Flowers are usually white to pink, and as with other Grevillea species, they occur in an inflorescence of many flowers, set to appear in November. It is a very hardy bushland species.
Dense native bushland on the Girrakool Loop walking track, Girrakool National Park, NSW Central Coast. Sandy soils but lots of leaf litter, mostly dry area, sunny aspect. Close to Piles Creek and tributaries that flow for most of the year, and would be torrents during heavy rainfall. Area prone to dense fog during the cooler months.
There are two subspecies of Grevillea sericea - ssp. sericea & ssp. riparia. Ssp. sericea is found along the coastal fringe, and its flowers are coloured white to pink, whereas ssp. riparia is located more towards the Blue Mountains area, and its flowers are coloured deep pink to purple. Anyway, see the 2nd reference link for images of the two.
Spotted on Nov 27, 2017
Submitted on Dec 8, 2017
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