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Thursday, 18 January 2018

FFF321 - PINCUSHION PROTEA

Leucospermum (Pincushion, Pincushion Protea or Leucospermum) is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Proteaceae, native to Zimbabwe and South Africa, where they occupy a variety of habitats, including scrub, forest, and mountain slopes. They are evergreen shrubs (rarely small trees) growing to 0.5-5 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, tough and leathery, simple, linear to lanceolate, 2-12 cm long and 0.5-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin or serrated at the leaf apex only.

The flowers are produced in dense inflorescences, which have large numbers of prominent styles, which inspires the name. The genus is closely related in evolution and appearance to the Australian genus Banksia. Shown here is a Leucospermum patersonii hybrid. An excellent ornamental hardy shrub for most well-drained soils and full sun positions. It is a relatively fast growing landscape shrub for coastal or inland gardens. The two-tone orange-red flowers make a great long stemmed cut flower. Grown commercially.

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9 comments:

  1. I thinks I have seen these where I live. Pretty! But the one I painted with more feathery shaped petals,not.

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  2. Wow, what a plant! And nice to see you back commenting again. I hope your life has settled down a bit. Welcome back to the blogosphere!

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  3. A beautiful plant. I like the color of the blooms.
    Have a nice day!
    Loretta

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  4. It looks like it is underwater! Great plant. Cheers.

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  5. I like the contrast of the orange and pink. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. Like a pinky hedgehog - so pretty.
    Have a nice weekend, dear Nick.
    Cheers, Nicole

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  7. That is a flower I can only buy in the flower shop!Groetjes, Hetty

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  8. Always think of beautiful holidays when I see these wonderful flowers!! Thanks for this sweet memories Nick!

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