Grevillea scortechinii, Black Grevillea
Grevillea scortechinii is known as the Black Grevillea and is a spreading almost prostrate shrub with branches extending to at least one metre.
Although usually prostrate or semi-prostrate, the Black Grevillea will take advantage of nearby shrubs and grow up amongst their branches.
Prickly, holly-like leaves are up to six centimetres long, dark green with a leathery texture. Unusual toothbrush flowers are black or very dark maroon and up to 50 millimetres long. This flower colour is unusual in Grevilleas in particular and Australian plants in general.
There are two subspecies: G. scortechinii subsp. scortechinii and G. scortechinii subsp. sarmentosa. The former subspecies occurs in southern Queensland and the latter in northern New South Wales. The difference is mainly in the leaf texture and shape. The specimen illustrated is the latter subspecies.
Both subspecies are considered to be endangered.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.
Warren and Gloria Sheather