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Metalasia fastigiata

   (Family: Asteraceae)
Afrikaans: blombos, donkiebos  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 700 - 1100m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains 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
  Flower scent EDIT
  Honey scented
  bees and beetles
  Flower info
  Clusters of 5-flowered, discoid flowerheads, with erect bracts, the inner ones petal-like and pink.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
  Leaf info EDIT
  Needle-like leaves 4-20mm long that are flexed downwards and twisted, and with axillary tufts.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
A straggling, decumbent or sometimes erect shrub, with white-wooly young branches growing to 1.5m high.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Western Cape, from between Calvinia and Nieuwoudtville southwards to Wellington. Very common in the Olifants River Mountains and around Piketberg.
History EDIT
Ecology EDIT
Found on sandy flats and slopes, often along roadsides from southern Namaqualand to wellington.
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