Friday, February 25, 2011

Leucadendron eucalyptifolium--Fragrant Conebush

Is this Conebush yellow, or chartreuse or gold? Maybe a mix of those colors. Blooming now at the UC Botanical Garden, it is like a beacon in the South African Section. In fact, Leucadendrons are native only to South Africa, although they are grown all over the world now. The male and female flowers are on separate plants (dioecious). This one is male; you can tell because of the pollen in the second pic. As the common name indicates, it is supposed to be fragrant, but I forgot to sniff. I will have to go back.

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