Persoonia falcata Proteaceae


Form and Size: A slender shrub or small tree, 3-5m high

Distribution: Across northern tropical Australia, in both coastal and inland areas, often in sandy soils

Leaves: Narrow, oval, smooth, leathery, usually sickle-shaped, dull green or blue-green,
mid-rib distinct, 10-20cm x 0.5-2.5cm; new growth finely hairy

Bark: Dark grey, furrowed

Flowers: Yellow, tubular, 1-1.5cm long; borne in dense terminal racemes 5-6cm long, or singly in the axils beneath the racemes.

Flowering Period: June to September

Fruit: Egg-shaped, green-yellow, tip beaked, smooth, fleshy, 1.5-2cm x 0.8-1.0cm; a single seed

Distinctive Features: Superficially somewhat similar to Grevillea parallela and G. striata,
but the leaves do not have the prominent parallel veins of these species

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed (difficult) or root cuttings
The fruit were eaten by Aborigines and other parts of the plant were used for various medicinal purposes