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Leucospermum bolusii

   (Family: Proteaceae)
   
Afrikaans: witluisiesbos, witspeldekussing English: Gordons Bay pincushion, white pin cushion  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 1.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
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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Flower colours
 
White
Flower type
 
  Flower scent EDIT
  weet fragrance
  Polinator
  The flowers are pollinated by bees, wasps, flies, butterflies and moths.
  Flower info
  The flowerheads are flat and rounded, about 20 mm in diameter, each one made up of 50 - 100 small tubular flowers. The buds are encased by pinkish red bracts, and the flowers are creamy white.
 
 
Leaf texture Hairy
Bark / Stem type
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  The leaves are hairy when young, and have one apical tooth.
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
 
  Seed info EDIT
  ants carry the seeds to their underground nests where they consume the elaisome, but the seed remains safe until conditions are right for them to germinate
 
 
Description EDIT
A rounded shrub, about 1.5 m tall.
The flowers are creamy white, with a strong, sweet fragrance.
Growing EDIT
This pincushion can also be propagated by cuttings. Semi-hardwood tip cuttings or heel cuttings should be taken in late summer - autumn and rooted with bottom heat in a mist unit. A rooting hormone is required for optimal rooting.
Seed germinates easily in late summer - autumn - early winter (March - May). They don't need to be treated with smoke primer to initiate germination.
Distribution EDIT
Found between Gordon's Bay and Kogel Bay, overlooking False Bay.
History EDIT
Named after Harry Bolus (1834-1911), a South African botanist and founder of the Bolus Herbarium in Cape Town.
Uses EDIT
Ecology EDIT
The flowers are pollinated by bees, wasps, flies, butterflies and moths.
The seeds are dispersed by ants.
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