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Serruria brownii

   (Family: Proteaceae)
Afrikaans: Fleskwasspinnekopbos English: Bottlebrush Spiderhead  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.5m
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 50 - 250m
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 info
  Small flowerheads contain both sexes in each flower.
Leaf shape EDIT
  Leaf info EDIT
  Divided leaves
  Seed info EDIT
  Released 2 months after flowering. Stored in Underground ants nests.
Description EDIT
Erect shrub up to 0.5m tall.
The Spiderheads are often not recognised as members of the Protea Family. They are characterised by their divided leaves and small flowerheads.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Flats from Hopefield to Cape Town.
Granite soils, shales and heavy sands, 50-250m
History EDIT
Ecology EDIT
The Bottlebrush Spiderhead is Endangered with extinction. It used to occur in what is now the vineyards and wheat fields of the Malmesbury district. Today it is confined to a few remnants. And in every single remnant that it is known from it is threatened by alien invader plants!

It is killed by fire but the seeds will survive.
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