Grevillea oldei: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is a rare species from the Central Coast of New South Wales.
Grevillea oldei is a small, open shrub with arching branches and may reach a height of one metre. The leaves are narrowly ovate to almost triangular with a sharp point.
Bright red flowers are carried in pendulous, globular clusters in the leaf axils on long stalks. Flowering occurs in winter and summer. The blooms are rich in nectar and attract honeyeaters.
The image shows a distinctive feature. The white patches, on the pollen presenter, are clumps of pollen. We do not know of any other Grevilleas with white pollen.
Grevillea oldei is considered to be rare but not threatened. The species was growing at Melbourne Botanic Gardens in 1909 and has been successfully grown in Sydney. As yet Grevillea oldei is not growing at Yallaroo but we hope to remedy this deficiency in the future.
Grevillea oldei prefers well-drained situations in full sun or partial shade. Prune lightly after flowering.
The species is named after Peter Olde, the co-author of the magnificent three volume Grevillea books and the leader of the Grevillea Study Group.
Propagate from cuttings.