Published in Cult. Prot. 54 in 1809.
Introduced into the collection, formerly at Chapel Allerton in 1784, by Mr. J. Mulder...
Salisb. cites Protea formosa Andrews, which makes it a synonym of Leucospermum formosum (Andrews) Sweet. However he also cites Protea tomentosa Thunb. which is a synonym of Leucospermum tomentosum R.Br.