Leucadendron spissifolium (Salisb. ex Knight) I.Williams

Common Spearleaf Conebush, Crowded-leaf Euryspermum, Goldtips Conebush, Shiney-cone Conebush, Volute-leaf Euryspermum

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Leucadendron

Category: Shrub

Size: To 4' tall

Exposure: Sun


White bracts, yellow flowers, green cones on females. Leaves linear, slightly elliptical, glabrous.

See Protea Atlas Project, PlantzAfrica for photographs.


Published in J. S. African Bot. 33: 142 in 1967.

Basionym Euryspermum spissifolium Salisb. ex Knight.

Synonyms Leucadendron glabrum R.Br., Leucadendron riparium T.M.Salter, Leucadendron riparium var. collinum T.M.Salter, Leucadendron minus E.Phillips & Hutch., Leucadendron decorum var. minus H.Buek, Leucadendron minus var. glabrescens E.Phillips & Hutch.,Leucadendron marginatum (Willd.) Link, Protea marginata Willd.

ProteaWorldOnline adds Leucadendron buekianum Meisn., Leucadendron adscendens var. pallens E.Phillips & Hutch., Leucadendron glabrum var. angustifolium Meisn., Euryspermum volutaefolium Salisb. ex Knight, Leucadendron riparium var. pillansi T.M.Salter.

Williams found it impossible to divide this subspecies into smaller taxa. There are numerous ecotypes but, but no geographically distinct forms. He furthermore states (italics quoted from Williams 1972): Salter (1943) "thought he could" discern 3 taxa (varieties) on the Cape Peninsula. Phillips and Hutchingson (1912) "envisaged" 3 taxa (2 species and one variety) from the Caledon Division. ProteaWorldOnline.


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