The Grevillea is another one of Australias popular flowering plants, with about
250 species, ranging from prostrate shrubs of less than 0.5 metres in height to
trees that can be 35 metres tall.
Some of the nectar baring flowers of the
Grevillea species were sucked for their sweet nectar by local indigenous people,
a favourite treat for aboriginal children. Some blossoms were collected and
kneaded in a coolamon. The flowers were then removed and the residue was mixed
with water to produce a sweet drink.
Native to Australia and New Caledonia, some of
the more common names include Grevillea, Spider Flower, Silky Oak and