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IDM KwaZulu-Natal - Soapstone Pincushion - Leucospermum gerrardii

Leucpospermum gerrardi DistributionA solid black dot indicates where the species is found.

Leucospermum gerrardii - Soapstone Pincushion is a dwarf shrub with a woody rootstock, and produces erect stems seldom exceeding 0,4 m tall, giving a cushion appearance. The leaves are linear to oblanceolate with raised veins.

Natal populations have wider leaves (1520 mm wide) than the highveld form from Mpmulalanga/Swaziland (8-16 mm).

Ls GERR occurs in the central Natal Lowlands (Fort Cross, Karkloof, Zwati). It has not yet been atlassed in KwaZulu Natal. Herbarium records exist for the following squares:
2830 DD 2930 AC

Elsa Pooley (page 248) shows the species as also occurring in the following squares (marked O):
2931 AA 2930 BC 2930 DB

The record for 2930 BD (marked with a triangle) is probably a misidentified Leucospermum innovans herbarium record (see below) which should be Leucospermum gerrardii.

More data on this species in Natal would be appreciated.

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