Botanical name

Aulax umbellata

Family

Proteaceae

Common Name

Broad-leaf Featherbush

Status

Near Threatened

Aulax umbellata
Aulax umbellata
Aulax umbellata
Aulax umbellata
Aulax umbellata

Description

Sparsely branched shrub about 2m high. Unisexual flowers borne on separate male and female plants. Male inflorescences are bright yellow 30-35mm long spikelike racemes gathered in close clusters at end of shoots. Female inflorescences - globose - conelike heads grouped at the ends of branches and partialy hidden by leaves - are the outstanding character of the genus. Each inflorescence has a shallow cup like receptacle comprising whorls of highly modified bractlike flattened branchlets. These form a persistent involucre which has a short central axis on which female flowers are arranged raceme-like in a spiral. The inflorescence is unique in its structure.

Habitat

Low sandstone slopes and flats

Flower Date

November to April