Leucospermum tomentosum or the Saldanha pincushion is a multi-stemmed shrub of about a metre in height. It grows in a small distribution area on the west coast in sandy soil. Tomentose means plant hairs that are bent and matted, forming a woolly coating; the hairs often being silver or grey-coloured. This describes the appearance of the leaf surfaces of this plant with specific name of tomentosum well.
The flower-heads of this species, usually being only a little more than 3 cm in diameter, are small compared to some kinds of Western Cape Leucospermum.
This plant is on the Red List in the Threatened Species Programme of SANBI as vulnerable early in the twenty first century. This serves to motivate all concerned to take special care regarding the protection of the species and using opportunities to promote its planting and cultivation (Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; www.redlist.sanbi.org).