Conospermum taxifolium C.F.Gaertn.

Variable Smoke-bush, Yew-leaf Smoke Bush, Paint Brush

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Conospermum

Category: Shrub

Size: To 32" tall


Needle-like foliage to 1" long, close to stem. Flowerheads cream to white, to 2.5" long.

Shrub erect. Stem rounded, brown; Branches erect, green when young and pubescent. Leaves subulato-filiform, slightly twisted, mucronate, veinless, when seen under a microscope a little scabrous, veinless, somewhat imbricated, persisting, very numerous. Peduncles axillary, crowded at the extremity of the branches, erect, elongated, obscurely scabrous, and having a few scattered ovato-acuminate, blueish bracteae, but no flowers (unless an abortive one) except at the top, where they form a rather dense, almost capitate spike. Flowers, in the bud, slightly tinged with pink, afterwards white, spreading... (Bot. Mag. C. ericifolium)

See Australian Plant Image Index for photographs.


Published in Suppl. Carp. 2: 199 in 1807.

Native to Australia.

Synonyms Conospermum ericifolium Sm., Conospermum ericaefolium Salisb. ex Knight, Conospermum falcifolium Salisb. ex Knight.


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