Leucospermum muirii, the Albertinia pincushion or bloukoolhout in Afrikaans, is an erect rounded shrub with wedge-shaped to linear leaves. It grows to 1,5 m and has yellow flowers that turn orange as they mature.
The plant resembles L. truncatum, but the flowers are less hairy and the leaves narrower. It flowers from mid-winter to spring. The nut-like seeds are produced a couple of months after flowering. Seed dispersal is performed by ants that feed on non-vital parts of the seeds. Later they remove the used seeds again from their nests, still intact for germination, waiting for the rain on the ants’ refuse dumps.
As the name suggests the habitat of L. muirii is in the flat area near Albertinia area and extending towards Still Bay. It produces dense stands in deep sandy limestone soil. This is a reseeder species that does not a resprout after veld fires. It is considered to be rare and threatened (Eliovson, 1973; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984 and www.plantzafrica.com).
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