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Species Information

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Leucospermum gerrardii Stapf
(name current 2016)
Soapstone Pincushion


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.

Regional distribution:
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 15 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.

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