Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
(Formerly Grevillea 'Austraflora Lyrebird')
ORIGIN: Grevillea 'Lyrebird' is a hybrid that arose as a chance seedling in the grounds of Austraflora Nursery, Montrose, in 1979. One parent is believed to be the plant called Grevillea hookeriana that has been sold for many years in the commercial arena. This plant should now be known as G. hookeriana hybrid. The other parent is unknown. Similarity to the presumed known parent is difficult to ascertain. Cultivar first received by the Authority on 30 August 1984. Registration applied for by Austraflora Nurseries Pty Ltd, PO Box 146, Montrose 3765.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar has a dense habit and after 5 years has reached a height of 1.2m by 2m wide. The branches arch up which gives the shrub a saucer shaped appearance. The leaves are up to 15cm long by 3.5cm wide at the widest point. The leaves are lobes alternately along the rachis with the individual lobes being ca. 0.5 to 2cm long. The leaves are silvery in appearance due to the light coat of silvery hairs on the top surface of the leaf. The underside of the leaf is covered with a dense coat of hairs. The new growth is a bronze colour. The flower buds also have these bronze overtones. The flowers are terminal or nearly so and of the toothbrush type. The flowers are orange turning to pink with age. The flowering season is from spring to autumn (in Melbourne).
DIAGNOSIS: Grevillea 'Lyrebird' bears little similarity to other grevilleas of the same leaf type. The leaves are generally finer, the lobes fewer in number and not as wide as in other cultivars such as Grevillea 'Poorinda Blondie', Grevillea 'Poorinda Enchantment', Grevillea 'Poorinda Miriam' and other similar cultivars. The cultivar differs from the presumed parent in it's lower growing form and in that the flower is orange turning pink compared with the pinky red of the presumed parent.
OTHER NOTES: The frost and drought tolerance of the cultivar has not yet been fully tested.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
style (extended): red group 39A
style (unopened): red group 47A (unopened)
stigma: greyed orange 163B
perianth tube: greyed yellow 160A
perianth limb: greyed orange 177D
foliage: yellow green 147A
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC346; ACRA121/122; CBG 8408055/8408056
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 27 October 1986