Conospermum Sm.


Greek conos — cone, sperma — seed, referring to the shape of the nuts.

Shrubs and small trees. Leaves simple, entire. Flower clusters branched and often flat-topped, generally consisting of dense flower spikes. Flowers solitary. Perianth tubular with 4 more or less equal lobes or 2- lipped, lowermost broad, upper 3-lobed, pale bluish grey to white. Stamens fused to swollen part of flower tube or at base of lower lip. Ovary with 1 pendulous ovule. Fruit a nut.

Grown for the masses of long-lasting smokey-looking flowers and leaves.

53 species endemic to Australia with a centre of distribution in SW WA.

Cuttings; seed with difficulty.

Valuable for floristry.

Shrubs with pale blue to whitish tubular flowers which look like smoke from a distance.

Johnson & McGillivray (1975). Popular: Sainsbury (1991).

Source: Spencer, R.; Molyneux, B.; Mathews, D. (2002). Proteaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Proteaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Conospermum mitchellii Meisn.
species         Conospermum patens Schltdl.
species         Conospermum stoechadis Endl.