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Identifying Vexators - Vexatorella

The genus Vexatorella can most easily be mistaken for a Leucospermum (section Diastelloides), from which it can easily be distinguished by its terminal inflorescences, which may be grouped into a panicle. The leaves always have a single callus on the tip. The four perianth segments separate symmetrically and are only fused in the tube region. Flowers are sweetly scented. The floral bracts become lignified after flowering, a feature shared with L. secundifolium. The fruits have a persistent style, and are hairless with an elaiosome surrounding the fruit and forming a little stalk.

Vexatorella alpina KAMIESBERG VEXATOR
Leaves obovate to elliptic, 30-45 mm long, 5-13 mm wide. Inflorescence usually a panicle of 2-6 stalked heads.

Leaves obovate to elliptic, 15-30 mm long. A collar of bracts occurs below the inflorescence stalk.

Vexatorella latebrosa ROBERTSON VEXATOR
Leaves linear or somewhat spoon-shaped. Inflorescence a solitary head containing 40-50 flowers.

Vexatorella obtusata obtusata MONTAGUE VEXATOR
A prostrate shrub. Leaves linear or somewhat spoon-shaped, 9-45 mm long.

Vexatorella obtusata albomontana WITTEBERG VEXATOR
An erect, upright shrub. Leaves linear or somewhat spoon-shaped, 9-45 mm long.

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