Serruria trilopha Salisb. ex Knight

Trident Spiderhead, Sand Spiderhead, Snake-stem Spiderhead, Three-crested Spiderhead

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Serruria

Category: Shrub

Size: To 32" tall and wide


Short dissected leaves, close to stem. Round pink flowerheads, fragrant.

See ProteaWorldOnline and PlantzAfrica for photographs.

Leaves 3/4 to 1 inch long, 3-fid from below their middle, glossy. Head as long as the Peduncle. Lower Bractes fringed. Three Petals only bearded from the middle of the limb. (Cult. Prot.)


Published in Cult. Prot. 90 in 1809. Mr. J. Niven discovered it...

Native to South Africa.

ProteaWorldOnline lists synonyms Serruria arenaria R.Br. and phylicoides (Willd.) 1813.


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