Leucospermum cuneiforme (Burm.f.) Rourke

Wart-stemmed Pincushion, Large-tufted Pincushion, Phyllanthus-leaf Leucadendrum, Stagshorn-leaf Leucadendrum, Yellow Pincushion, Yellow-flame Pincushion

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Leucospermum

Category: Shrub

Size: Usually to 7' tall but can reach 10'


The branches at the base are covered with warts and pustules. Leaves are leathery, wedge-shaped with teeth at the tip. Flowerheads are orange, to 4" wide at the tips of the branches.

See ProteaWorldOnline and PlantzAfrica for photographs.


Published in J. S. African Bot. 33: 263 in 1967.

Native to the Cape of Good Hope.

Basionym Leucadendron cuneiforme Burm.f.

Synonyms: Leucospermum ellipticum (Thunb.) R.Br., Protea elliptica Thunb. and Leucospermum attenuatum R.Br.

Synonyms from ProteaWorldOnline: Leucadendron cervinum Salisb. ex Knight, Leucadendron phyllanthifolium Salisb. ex Knight, Leucospermum septemdentatum Gand. & Schinz, Leucospermum zeyheri Meisn.

R.Br. cites Protea conocarpa Poir. and Protea vestita Lam. as ? under Leucospermum ellipticum R.Br. which would make them synonyms also.


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