Leucospermum gerrardii Stapf
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Shrub
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc
Distribution: Malolotja (and surroundings)
Fairly common in Mpumalanga (South Africa). Locally common, but restricted distribution. Subpopulation stable. Can survive fires. Habitat specific, soapstone.
Fairly common in Mpumalanga (South Africa).
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Leucospermum gerrardii - Woody underground rootstock from which arise several more or less erect leafy hairy branches, seldom more than 30 cm long. Leaves oblong, up to 8 cm long x 1 cm wide, tapering to base, tip with 1—5 small horny teeth, almost hairless when mature. Heads roughly spherical, c 7 cm diam. Bracts short, inconspicuous. Perianth densely woolly, tubular at base with four free tips, pinkish yellow; styles very long, orange-red, stigma c 2 mm long, cigar-shaped. Fruits hairless.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.