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Brabejum stellatifolium

   (Family: Proteaceae)
Afrikaans: Bitteramandel, Wilde-amandel, Ghoeboontjie, Ghoekoffie. English: Wild Almond  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 10 - 15m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: acid
Biome: Fynbos
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower type
  Flower scent EDIT
  sweetly scented
  Flower info
  The inflorescence is an approx. 8 cm long dense raceme of small (each about 5 mm long), white
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are dark green, hard and leathery to the touch, long and lance-shaped, irregularly and sharply toothed, with a prominent midrib. They are arranged in whorls of six at intervals along the stems, radiating out like a star around the branch.
Fruit colour
Sow seeds in Summer
  Seed info EDIT
  Propagate by fresh seed sown in late summer - autumn (Feb-May). The fruits can be sown as is, i.e. no extraction of the seed is required, and they should germinate immediately when they find themselves on a piece of firm, damp soil
Description EDIT
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
This tree is famous in South Africa for being used to make Van Riebeeck's Hedge, the first formal boundary marker between the new Cape colony and the indigenous people of the Cape.
Ecology EDIT
Brabejum stellatifolium is pollinated by insects, and it attracts many of them while in flower, as well as insectivorous birds.
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