Philippa Nikulinsky

From 1995 to 2005 Nikulinsky was commissioned to design and paint Australian plants and animals for use on dinnerware produced by Australian Fine China. These were sold throughout the world.

Grevillea bracteosa, part of the Australian wildflower collection illustrated by Philippa Nikulinsky

Grevillea bracteosa is endemic to Western Australia.

The non-lignotuberous shrub typically grows to a height of 0.5 to 2 metres (2 to 7 ft) and has an open habit. It has grey-green narrow leaves to a length of 8 centimetres (3 in) and produces clustered pink to grey or rarely white flowers from April to August.

The flowers grow at the end to the stems and are protected by bracts until they open. It produces smooth obovoid fruit that are 12 to 20 millimetres (0.47 to 0.79 in) long.

It will grow in gravelly clay and gravelly sand soils among medium trees or in heathland.