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, also known as Old Socks
or White Plume Grevillea
, is a shrub
A shrub or bush is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and shorter height, usually under 5–6 m tall. A large number of plants may become either shrubs or trees, depending on the growing conditions they experience...
which is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia
Western Australia is a state of Australia, occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Indian Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east and South Australia to the south-east...
. It grows up to 5 metres in height and produces white or cream unpleasantly-scented flowers between July and January (mid winter to mid summer) in its native range.
The species was first formally described by botanist Carl Meissner
Carl Daniel Friedrich Meissner was a Swiss botanist.Born in Bern, Switzerland on 1 November 1800, he was christened Meisner but later changed the spelling of his name to Meissner. For most of his 40 year career he was Professor of Botany at University of Basel...
, his description published in Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany