Serruria glomerata (L.) R.Br.

Cluster Spiderhead, Samphire-leaf Serruria


Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Serruria

Category: Shrub

Size: To 20" tall and wide

Description: 

Compact form. Smooth leaves, curl upwards, dissected into long, thin, cylindrical segments with sharp points. Creamy white flowers in clusters, fragrant followed by hard nut.

See ProteaWorldOnline and PlantzAfrica for photographs.

History: 

Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 128 in 1810.

PlantList shows it as unresolved but accepted by PlantzAfrica and Linn. Typif.

Synonyms Protea glomerata L., Leucadendron glomeratum L., Protea patula Thunb. ((African Plant Database) but ProteaWorldOnline show it as a synonym of Serruria decipiens R.Br.)

ProteaWorldOnline also lists Serruria foeniculacea Sieber ex Meisn. (but they also show it as a synonym of Serruria fasciflora Salisb. ex Knight), and Protea sphaerocephala Thunb.

Native to South Africa.

'Glomerata' = latin for clustered - referring to the flower heads.

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Sources of Information

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