Leucadendron Strobilinum, (Male)

Illusion of a flower
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The male plant has a much larger flower bulb than does the female (not pictured). For both, the light colored leaves at the end of each stem create the illusion of a single large flower.


Leucadendron Strobilinum (Male)   •  Common name: Peninsula Conebrush   •  Native to the Cape Peninsula of South Africa   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 19 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:49:20 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #124920_2569BCX
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Pollinated by beetles
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The flowers, when in their native location, bloom from September through October. The flowers are pollinated by small beetles.


Leucadendron Strobilinum (Male)   •  Common name: Peninsula Conebrush   •  Native to the Cape Peninsula of South Africa   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 19 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:49:24 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #124924_2597BCX
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A blunt thorn
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The leaves are smooth, with a single blunt thorn at the tip. Each flower is composed of six petal-like leaves. Seeds are produced only by the female (not pictured), and dispersed by the wind.


Leucadendron Strobilinum (Male)   •  Common name: Peninsula Conebrush   •  Native to the Cape Peninsula of South Africa   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 19 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:49:32 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #124932_2598BCX
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Detail of the flower bulb
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Detail view of the male flower bulb. This plant is considered rare. In the wild only dense isolated stands occur. It grows on the southern damp rocky slopes of South Africa, from Table Mountain external link to Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula.


Leucadendron Strobilinum (Male)   •  Common name: Peninsula Conebrush   •  Native to the Cape Peninsula of South Africa   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 19 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:49:44 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #124944_2599BCX
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The flower after pollination
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After the flowering season has ended, the flower dries out and turns black. The flower-like leaves become dark green like normal leaves.


Leucadendron Strobilinum (Male)   •  Common name: Peninsula Conebrush   •  Native to the Cape Peninsula of South Africa   •  UCSC Arboretum internal link Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 19 April 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:49:54 Thursday 11 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #124954_2600BCX
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