Common name: Silver oak, Silk oak • Manipuri: কৌবীলিযা Koubilia • Bengali: ৰূপসী Rupasi • Tamil: சவுக்கு மரம் Savukku-maram
Botanical name: Grevillea robusta Family: Proteaceae (Silver oak family)
Reaching a height of 75 feet or more with a 25-foot spread, Silver Oak is
pyramidal to oval in shape, eventually developing a few heavy horizontal
limbs and a thick trunk. It is a fast growing evergreen tree, between 18-35 m
tall with dark green delicately dented bipinnatifid leaves reminiscent of a
fern frond. These leaves are generally 15-30 cm long with silvery undersides.
Its flowers are golden-orange bottlebrush-like blooms, between 8-15 cm long, in
the spring, on a 2-3 cm long stem. A great quantity of leaves fall in the
spring immediately preceding the emergence of new growth and leaves also fall
sporadically throughout the year, creating quite a litter problem to
some people. Black, leathery seed capsules follow the flowers.
Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh
|Photographed in Jamia Millia, Delhi|