Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Grevillea 'Gypsy' is a selection said to have arisen from a seedling of Grevillea banksii in cultivation (locality unknown) and selected for further propagation and trialling by Mr M Hodge and Mr R Brown, both of the Grevillea Study Group of the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP). The name 'Gypsy' was selected due to the rambling nature of the plant. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in July 1985. Registration applied for by M Hodge and R Brown of the ASGAP Grevillea Study Group.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a low growing form of the species G. banksii. The applicants state that it grows to .5m tall by up to 3m wide. The leaves are 170-180mm long by 130-140mm wide. They are deeply divided (almost to the midrib) but individual leaf segments are quite wide, usually from 10 to 12mm. They are silvery green above and have a slightly yellowish appearance underneath. The young foliage and stems are coated with rusty brown hairs. All other features of the cultivar are as for G. banksii.
DIAGNOSIS: Low growing forms of G. banksii are known to occur in nature. A low, sprawling form up to 1m tall by 3m wide is known from populations of this species along the central coast area of Queensland and on nearby islands. (1) low growing almost prostrate form is also recorded from near Byfield but Grevillea 'Gypsy' has larger leaves than this form (180mm compared to 120mm). (2) This species doubtless has the capacity to throw similar low growing forms in other populations. The origin of this cultivar is very likely from seed or cuttings from one of the known low growing populations. These forms often come true from seed. A similar cultivar is available under the name Grevillea 'Ruby Red'. These two prostrate forms can be distinguished as Grevillea 'Ruby Red' has greyish finely divided leaves.
CULTIVATION NOTES: Cultivation conditions are the same as required for G. banksii, a sunny, well drained conditions in a range fo soil types, with average temperatures ranging between 10-12°C through to 30°C. It should not be planted in frosty regions of Australia. Propagation should be by cuttings to ensure retention of the cultivar form. The cultivar has been marketed in the past as G. banksii (red prostrate form).
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
perianth: close to yellow group 8C
style: close to red group 52C
style tip: close to orange group 28A
PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: Forms similar to this are mentioned in a number of different publications but a very reliable reference is "The Horticultural Guide to Australian Plants" from the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) Queensland Region, sheet no. Q75/A2, publication date unknown. Reference 1) above refers to this same publication. Reference 2) is from "Banksias, Waratahs and Grevilleas" by J Wrigley and M Fagg page 212.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC362; CBG8200631.
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 8 October 1990