|Greyia subsp. var.|
Unlike other members of the Melianthaceae, Greyia has simple (undivided) leaves, flowers with ten stamens, and ovaries with parietal placentation. Because of this, the genus has sometimes been placed in a separate family Greyiaceae, but under the APG II system of classification, it is included in the Melianthaceae.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Greyia (after Sir George Grey, once Governor of Cape Colony). Often spelled Greya. Melianthacea. A small tree from Natal, which bears large spikes of pendulous, five-petaled, scarlet flowers, and is cultivated outdoors in southern California and abroad under glass in many botanic gardens.
Species probably 3, but only 1 appears to be in cult. in R.H. 1894:252 this plant is shown at its best, with a spike 6 in. long and 2-3 in. wide, containing probably over 100 fls., each ¾ in. across. In France this tree flowered from the end of autumn throughput the winter. The long-exserted stamens with reddish purple anthers make a striking feature. The structure of the fls. is so peculiar that Harvey referred the genus doubtfully to the saxifrage family. In European greenhouses, Greyia is a shrub requiring full sunlight, thorough ripening of the wood and a season of rest before flowering. In Natal it flowers in Aug. or Sept.. which is early spring there. Europeans recommend a sandy loam. Prop, by seeds or by cuttings from half- ripened wood. CH
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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