Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Grevillea 'Starfire' is a presumed seedling of G. 'Honey Gem' which is said to be the result of a cross between G. pteridifolia and G. banksii. Cultivar first received by the Authority in March 1981. The applicant is Mr R Bailey, 26 Jenkinson Street, Indooroopilly, Queensland 4068.
DESCRIPTION: Grevillea 'Starfire' grows into a bushy shrub 2.5m tall and 1.5m wide. The foliage is dark green on the upper surface and the lower surface is covered in closely appressed silvery hairs which give a silvery appearance. The leaves are compound and are about 29cm long and 24cm wide. The midrib of each leaf is prominent, raised on the lower surface and a contrasting yellow green on the lower surface. The inflorescences are cylindrical racemes 15-16cm long and about 8cm across. Flowers are produced throughout the year but are most prolific from November to April. On opening the flowers are a coppery brown but this colour quickly changes to a bright red. The styles are a contrasting pink with yellow stigmas.
DIAGNOSIS: Grevillea 'Starfire' resembles both its parents. G. 'Honey Gem' has greyed yellow lobes with yellow styles, G. 'Starfire' has dark red lobes with pink styles, and G. 'Starflame' has red lobes with red styles.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966.
styles: red group 50C.
stigma: yellow group 9A.
perianth: close to red group 53A.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC241, CBG8111404/8102258
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 18 October 1984