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Mimetes chrysanthus

   (Family: Proteaceae)
Afrikaans: Gouestompie English: Golden Pagoda, Golden Mimetes  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.5 - 2m
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 800 - 1040m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
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
  Faint sweet scent.
  Orange-breasted sunbirds and carpenter bees.
  Flower info
  The main flowering season extends from March to May or June, but intermittent flowering takes place throughout the year.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are medium sized, pale to olive-green and closely associated with the branches and upper stems. The lower trunk and branches are often bare.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Sturdy, erect, sparsely branched shrub on a single trunk and grows to between 1,5 - 2 m tall.
The flower groups are luminous golden-yellow in colour giving rise to its name chrysanthus meaning golden flower.
Growing EDIT
The plants grow in full sunlight on moderately steep southeast facing slopes at an altitude range of 800 -1040m. They grow in nutrient poor, well-drained, rocky soils derived from Table Mountain sandstone and receive an annual rainfall of between 400 and 450mm.
Distribution EDIT
A few scattered populations in the Gamka Mountain Nature Reserve.
50km to the east on a mountain ridge situated inland of the main Outeniqua range.
History EDIT
Mimetes chrysanthus was first seen by Mr Willie Julies, a game guard at the Gamka Mountain Reserve, while on patrol in the reserve in September 1987. His keen interest and meticulous observation and recording of plants and events in the wilderness led to the discovery of this most unusual new Mimetes. He reported that he had seen an unusual woody shrub with spectacular yellow flowers to the Reserve Manager, Mr. Rory Allardice. Rory pressed a flowering specimen and sent it to 'fynbos expert' Mr. Jan Vlok of the Saasveld Herbarium at George. Jan immediately recognised it to be a new species and sent it on to Dr John Rourke of the Compton Herbarium. John Rourke and John Winter, the Curator of Kirstenbosch, visited the reserve in April 1988 and collected specimens for the herbarium and for cultivation in the gardens. John Rourke confirmed that this was indeed a new species and also that it was considerably different from all other Mimetes. This obviously caused much excitement and interest in many quarters.
Ecology EDIT
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