T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales 
Family: Proteaceae 
Genus: Leucadendron
Species: about 80

Leucadendron is a flowering plants in the family Proteaceae, endemic to South Africa, where they are a prominent part of the fynbos vegetation. They are evergreen shrubs or small trees growing up to 1-16 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, entire, and usually green, often covered with a waxy bloom.  The flowers are produced in dense inflorescences; they are dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The seed head is a woody cone-like structure, containing numerous seeds; the seed morphology is varied and reflects subgeneric groupings within the genus. About half the species store the seeds in fire-proof cones and only release them after a fire has killed the plants. Almost all species only recruit naturally after fires.

Photographed at Lat  39 4' 11.5" S   Long 174 5' 50.6" E   Datum WGS 84

Photographed at Lat  39 4' 11.9" S   Long 174 5' 49.9" E   Datum WGS 84

Photographed at Lat  39 4'  12" S   Long 174 5' 50.2" E   Datum WGS 84