Leucospermum conocarpodendron subspecies viridum, the green tree pincushion or kreupelhout (Afrikaans) is a shrub or small tree (SA Tree No. 84.1), that grows on the eastern slopes of Cape Peninsula mountains and further eastwards on several mountain ranges as far as Stanford. It is the largest member of the Leucospermum or pincushion genus, growing to a height of 5 m and spreading to about 6 m wide.
There is a second subspecies, viz. L. conocarpodendron subsp. conocarpodendron or the grey tree pincushion that grows on Cape Peninsula mountain slopes to the west of the distribution area of the green tree pincushion. The two subspecies do not naturally grow in the same area, but they do hybridize, which is exacerbated by the gardeners' habit of planting the one in the other's domain (www.plantzafrica.com).
Note the varied development stages of flowers on the plant in picture, as well as the glandular teeth which vary in number from 3 to 10 at the leaf tips.
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