Leucospermum rodolentum, the sandveld pincushion or in Afrikaans beesbos (cattle bush) or klipboom (stone tree), is an erect or spreading shrub reaching 3 m in height.
Technically evergreen while grey in appearance, the long stems branch low down from a short, stout single stem or trunk with smooth, grey bark; the plant being a reseeder. The branches usually reach down to the ground, obscuring the stem.
The shrubs live for about 20 years. This is one of the pincushions that received a South African Tree List number (No. 83).
The species distribution from near the Cape Peninsula to the Namaqualand coastal plain makes this plant a South Africa endemic of the Western Cape and (the south of) the Northern Cape. A separate population of L. rodolentum grows near Worcester where some dune-like, sandy slopes occur. Photos of the plant presented in this Album were taken in November near the waterside of the Quaggaskloof Dam near Worcester (Manning, 2009; Le Roux, et al, 2005; Manning and Goldblatt, 1996; Coates Palgrave, 2002; iSpot).
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