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Leucospermum formosum

   (Family: Proteaceae)
   
English: silver-leaf wheel-pincushion  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2 - 3m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Vulnerable
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 100 - 2000m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily)
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
 
Yellow
Flower type
 
  Polinator
  Sugarbirds and Sunbirds
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Hairy
Bark / Stem type
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Leaves are lance-shaped to egg-shaped, with 3 glandular teeth at the tip and have no stalk. The leaf surface is covered with a dense mat of fine grey hairs that is softly velvety to the touch and does not rub off.
 
 
Sow seeds in Autumn
 
  Seed info EDIT
  Sow seed in late summer to autumn (March–May)
 
 
Description EDIT
Leucospermum formosum is a large, upright shrub 2–3 m tall. Leaves are lance-shaped to egg-shaped, with 3 glandular teeth at the tip and have no stalk. The leaf surface is covered with a dense mat of fine grey hairs that is softly velvety to the touch and does not rub off. The flower heads are large and showy, pale golden yellow and are produced during spring (Sept.–Oct.). The flower head in bud is shaped like a top. When the flowers open, the styles elongate rapidly, up to 70–80 mm, curve away from the centre, and twist in a clockwise direction near the tip, giving the flower head the appearance of a spinning wheel. When fully open, the flower heads are up to 150 mm in diameter. The styles are pale yellow, and the tips are white with pink tips. As the flower head ages, the styles move into an upward pointing position, and change colour, getting a pinkish blush that deepens to bronze. During the flowering period, each style will have moved through 90 degrees. Seeds are released about two months after flowering. They are small nuts covered by a soft, fleshy, white skin.
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