Leucospermum conocarpodendron subspecies viridum or the green tree pincushion, seen here growing in the Kogelberg area. The leaves of the subspecies are green and usually hairless or almost hairless, unlike the grey tree pincushion that has a dense layer of fine hairs permanently. The flower-heads are round or ovoid, develop at the end of branches, singly or in groups of up to three, from August to December.
The Afrikaans name of kreupelhout refers to the shrub-like characteristic that produces bent and gnarled stems rather than the single upright trunk of most trees. The plant was used as firewood in olden days in the various human settlements in the area. There are excellent articles on both subspecies on www.plantzafrica.com.
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