Brachylaena discolor, the coastal silver-oak or kreukelboom (wrinkle tree) in Afrikaans, is an evergreen shrub or small tree (SA Tree List No. 724). It grows in nature along the South African east coast, also in Swaziland and Mozambique. The habitat is coastal forest, bushveld and dunes, often close to the sea, although eastern Mpumalanga also has some.
Flowers grow in winter and early spring in dense or lax terminal and axillary panicles. Individual flowerheads (Brachylaena forms part of Asteraceae), become from 6 mm to 12 mm long on stalks of 5 mm. The fruit is an achene or nutlet crowned with a tuft of cream bristles.
This tree is growing in stature in the gardening world (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002).
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