Serruria gracilis

Below is a photo of our soon to be flowering Serruria gracilis.  We got our grubby paws on a few seedlings from Fiona Powrie, and last year planted out on a couple of select sites around the farm.   I cant wait to see these little beauts flowering soon, see the tiny little flower heads waiting to open?  With all this warm weather were having, its not long now.  I will take regular shots of this particular plant to show the flowering.  If i can whip up a solar panel maybe a live webcam feed?  Hold thumbs.

Serruria gracilis

The info below taken from Tony Rebelo’s Protea Atlas.   Anyone with an interest in Proteas must have a squizz.  What a project.    Thanks Tony!

And heres the specific link to the Serruria page:

http://protea.worldonline.co.za/Protea_Atlas_Serruria3.pdf

Serruria gracilis Salisb. ex Kn. 1809
Fine Spiderhead
Other Common Names: None known.
Other Scientific Names: pinnata (Andr) 1803, pinnata var longifolia Meisn. 1856.
41 Records
Population (35 records): 9% Common, 66% Frequent, 26% Rare.
Dispersion (32 records): 69% clumped, 31% variable.
Flowering (41 records with: Jan 6, Feb 9, Mar 2, Apr 5, May 2, Jun 1, Jul 2, Aug 4, Sep 5, Oct 2, Nov 1, Dec 2): Buds from Apr to Sep; Flowering from Sep to Oct; Peak Flowering not recorded; Over from Apr and Dec; Fruit from Dec to Apr; Nothing from Jan to Jul and Nov. Peak levels unreliable at 100% in Oct. Historically recorded as flowering from Jul to Oct.
Growth (40 records with: Jan 6, Feb 9, Mar 2, Apr 5, May 2, Jun 1, Jul 2, Aug 4, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 1, Dec 2): Much from Oct to Mar; Rare from Dec to Feb and Apr; None from Jan to Feb and Apr to Nov. Peak levels unreliable at 100% in Mar.
Seedlings (8 records): Absent in 75%: fewer seedlings than prefire adults in 1 case. Seedlings found in Apr.
Fire Survival : No data.
Age to first flowering: First flowers recorded at 8 years, 50% estimated at 6-7 years, and 100% recorded at 8 years. 00.51012345678910111Age (Years after fire)% Sites flowering 2
Height (38 records): 97% 0-0.2 m tall, 3% 0.2-1 m tall.
Pollinators: No data.
Detailed Pollinators: No additional data.
Habitat:
Distance to Ocean (33 records): 100% inland – further than 2 km from coast.
Altitude (33 records): 380 – 840 m; 560 lq – 720 med – 720 uqm.
Landform (33 records): 94% deep soil, 6% shallow soil.
Slope (33 records): 45% gentle incline, 42% steep incline, 9% hill top, 3% platform.
Aspect (32 records): 42% West, 23% East, 22% South, 13% North.
Soil Type (32 records): 53% loamy, 22% sandy, 16% gravelly, 6% clayey, 3% rocky.
Soil Colour (32 records): 75% brown, 19% grey, 3% yellow, 3% orange.
Geology (31 records): 55% granite, 39% sandstone, 6% shale.
Vegetation (33 records): 97% shrubland, 3% thicket.
Conservation Status and Threat:
Red Data List Status: Vulnerable B1a(ii)b(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2a(ii)b(i,ii,iii,iv,v).
Occurrence (Fynbos): 184 km2 with 56% conserved and 20% lost; Occupancy: 26 km2 with 41% conserved and 15% lost. Fragmentation index: 13%.
Nature Reserves (33 records): 45% in nature reserves.
Habitat destruction (33 records): 94% extensive natural habitat, 3% road verges, 3% naturally fragmented habitats.
Alien Invasive Species (33 records): 64% Pinus, 21% Fabaceae (chiefly alien Acacia), 9% none, 6% Hakea.
Alien Density (33 records): 9% alien-free, 70% sparse, 15% abundant, 6% dense.
Cultivation & Utilization:
Picking (31 records): 100% no sign of picking.
Cultivation Status: No noted cultivation.
Atlassers Notes: None.
Confusing Species: Misidentified as S. cygnea when not in flower.
Records of identification queries = 12.
Records of corrected identification queries = 1.
Variation and Taxonomy: Previously considered as synonymous with S. pinnata, but the growth habits and sizes are quite distinct, although might be argued to be subspecies.

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