Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Proteales
Familia: Proteaceae
Subfamilia: Proteoideae
Tribus: Proteeae
Genus: Leucadendron


Leucadendron is a genus of about 80 species of 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, and in the case of the Silvertree, with a distinct silvery tone produced by dense silky hairs. 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. A few such as the Silvertree have a silky-haired parachute, enabling the large round nut to be dispersed by wind. A few are rodent dispersed, cached by rats, and a few have elaiosomes and are dispersed by ants. 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.

Selected species

* Leucadendron album
* Leucadendron arcuatum
* Leucadendron argenteum
* Leucadendron barkerae
* Leucadendron bonum
* Leucadendron brunioides
* Leucadendron burchellii
* Leucadendron cadens
* Leucadendron chamelaea
* Leucadendron cinereum
* Leucadendron comosum
* Leucadendron concavum
* Leucadendron conicum
* Leucadendron coniferum
* Leucadendron cordatum
* Leucadendron coriaceum
* Leucadendron corymbosum
* Leucadendron cryptocephalum
* Leucadendron daphnoides
* Leucadendron diemontianum
* Leucadendron discolor
* Leucadendron dregei
* Leucadendron dubium
* Leucadendron elimense
* Leucadendron ericifolium
* Leucadendron eucalyptifolium
* Leucadendron flexuosum
* Leucadendron floridum
* Leucadendron foedum
* Leucadendron galpinii
* Leucadendron gandogeri
* Leucadendron glaberrimum
* Leucadendron globosum
* Leucadendron grandiflorum
* Leucadendron gydoense
* Leucadendron immoderatum
* Leucadendron lanigerum
* Leucadendron laureolum
* Leucadendron laxum
* Leucadendron levisanus
* Leucadendron linifolium
* Leucadendron loeriense
* Leucadendron loranthifolium
* Leucadendron macowanii
* Leucadendron meridianum
* Leucadendron meyerianum
* Leucadendron microcephalum
* Leucadendron modestum
* Leucadendron muirii
* Leucadendron nervosum
* Leucadendron nitidum
* Leucadendron nobile
* Leucadendron olens
* Leucadendron orientale
* Leucadendron osbornei
* Leucadendron platyspermum
* Leucadendron pondoense
* Leucadendron procerum
* Leucadendron pubescens
* Leucadendron pubibracteolatum
* Leucadendron radiatum
* Leucadendron remotum
* Leucadendron roodii
* Leucadendron rourkei
* Leucadendron rubrum
* Leucadendron salicifolium
* Leucadendron salignum
* Leucadendron sericeum
* Leucadendron sessile
* Leucadendron sheilae
* Leucadendron singulare
* Leucadendron sorocephalodes
* Leucadendron spirale
* Leucadendron spissifolium
* Leucadendron stellare
* Leucadendron stelligerum
* Leucadendron strobilinum
* Leucadendron teretifolium
* Leucadendron thymifolium
* Leucadendron tinctum
* Leucadendron tradouwense
* Leucadendron uliginosum
* Leucadendron verticillatum
* Leucadendron xanthoconus

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